Joseph Stalin (1878-1941) was the premeir of the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1941 with his death at the Battle of Moscow. Remembered in Russia as a tyrant and the orchestrator of millions of deaths, Stalin's legacy is that of murder. Modern historians blame most of the problems suffered by the Soviet's during the Second World War on Stalin and his purges of the Red Army in the 1930s, and his incompetence after Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Feeling personally betrayed by Adolf Hitler, Stalin took over personal command over the defenses for Moscow, leaving many key positions poorly defended, allowing for the Germans to take the city. Once it was realized the battle was lost, Stalin attempted to flee Moscow but his vehicle was ambushed by German tanks. The man of steel, leader of the Soviet Union for nearly twenty years, was killed leaving the future of the Soviet Union in doubts.