At an earlier age Stalin was ruthless in his criminal activities in Georgia and would exercise this ruthlessness later even when his son was captured by the Nazis.
Stalin the Godfather of Crime Is Ruthless With His Son
The summer of 1942 was a particularly difficult time for the Soviet Union, and it was then that Winston Churchill and Averell Harriman flew to Moscow to pledge support and discuss the grand strategy to defeat the Nazis.
That Time Churchill Flew to Moscow in 1942
Stalin's unrealistic 5-year plan ushered in a dark period of famine, violence and repression, which featured children denouncing their families for the good of the state.
Collectivization Breeds Violence and Betrayal