In the early hours of March 2nd 1953, the most powerful man in the world lay dying alone. He had suffered a stroke at least 12 hours before, his guards were worried but they did not dare go into his bedroom. How is it that a man who was worshiped by millions could be left to lie helpless soaked in his own urine for so long?
Stalin had built an empire on a framework of terror justifying it in the name of a political faith and through this terror he ruled his country, his government, his party and his family. He had even gone as far as to terrorise the doctors he so desperately needed at the time of his stroke. Now there was no one left, no wife, child, lover or friend who was brave enough to enter the private world of Joseph Stalin, he had in a sense become a victim of his own reign of terror. This is the story of how Stalin came to be so feared.