Joseph Stalin was elected as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU in April 1922 during the 11th Congress of the Party. Between then and until his death, he asked to be relieved of his duties as General Secretary a total of four times — all of which were rejected.
… [W]hat is most important, that which constitutes the very gist, the living soul, of Marxism—is a concrete analysis of a concrete situation
— Vladimir Lenin
Holodomor is the term given to the early 1930’s famines in the Soviet Union. The popular anti-Soviet propaganda states that the famine was man-made, especially to orchestrate a genocide of the Ukrainian people. The supposed millions of deaths from the “famine-genocide” are usually counted in the deaths under communism. It is not only a popular anti-communist myth that is circulated around in capitalist circles but also one that is believed by a large sector of the socialist left.
Socialism, as was developed by Marx and Engels in its scientific form after the break from the utopian socialists and Proudhon’s petty-bourgeois mutualism, was never defined as “workers controlling the means of production” but rather as the lower phase of communist society, the transitional stage between capitalist and communist society.