Pronunciation: (stä'lin, -lēn, stal'in; Russ. stä'lyin), [key]
1. Joseph V. (Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili or Dzugashvili), 1879–1953, Soviet political leader: secretary general of the Communist party 1922–53; premier of the U.S.S.R. 1941–53.
2. a former name of Donetsk.
3. former name of Varna.
4. former name of Braşov.
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