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
It has become an article of the creed of ultra-leftists to cite Holodomor as a way to discredit and defame the Soviet Union and Marxism-Leninism. Holodomor served as a potent imperialist propaganda against the first worker’s state but now it has become a popular past time of anarchists to spread around propaganda that was literally developed by Hitler’s chief propagandist Joseph Goebells.
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.