3. When Joseph Stalin’s first wife died, he said “This creature softened my heart of stone. She died and with her died my last warm feelings for humanity.” He eventually went on to execute her brother, her sister, and her cousin.
4. After the entire national Soviet hockey team was killed in an airplane crash in 1950, Stalin’s son Vasily, the manager of the team, covered up the disaster and replaced everyone on the team to avoid his father’s wrath. Stalin never noticed.
5. Stalin’s son Yakov was captured while fighting Nazis in 1941. Nazis offered to exchange him for Friedrich Paulus, the German Field Marshal captured by the Soviets, but Stalin turned the offer down allegedly saying, “I will not trade a Marshal for a Lieutenant”; Yakov died in captivity
7. Josip Broz Tito fed up with Stalin sending assassins wrote openly, “Stop sending people to kill me. We’ve already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle (…) If you don’t stop sending killers, I’ll send one to Moscow, and I won’t have to send a second.”