Can one be a disciple of Stalin?

Not according to the man himself, as he writes in a letter from 1926:

I object to your calling yourself “a disciple of Lenin and Stalin.” I have no disciples. Call yourself a disciple of Lenin; you have the right to do so … But you have no grounds for calling yourself a disciple of a disciple of Lenin’s. It is not true. It is out of place. (Works, vol. 9, p. 156)

Stalin may have played a major role in fostering the veneration of Lenin, especially in the context of struggles with Trotsky over Lenin’s heritage, but he was dead against veneration of himself.

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