Will the world one day look back at Stalin as a
great leader? [GALLO/GETTY]
Stalin the Great? Is it possible that history will someday look at one of the world's most evil dictators as a great leader who brought security, empire and prestige to his people?

Although Joseph Stalin is often held responsible for the deaths of 26 million Soviets, a new picture is emerging, one that reveals a contradictory, flesh and blood human being. The opening of the Soviet archives provides an unprecedented glimpse into the life of Stalin, including the young man's love letters and unpublished family memoirs.

Live from London, Riz Khan speaks with award-winning biographer Simon Sebag Montefiore about the never-before revealed life of Stalin.

In Young Stalin Montefiore relies on first-hand sources and portrays the thrilling story of a bank-robber, prolific lover and fanatical revolutionary.

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