1. Joseph Stalin
Arguably the most cruel and sadistic of all leaders, Joseph Stalin would have enjoyed being at the top of this list. Since gaining power 1922 as General Secretary of the Communist party until his demise in 1953, his rule was marked by famines, political murders, human rights violation and refusal of foreign aid. He exported all the crops to strengthen the economy at the cost of starving millions. Death tolls range widely from 10 to 60 million people and is one of the largest genocide.
2. Adolph Hitler
Ascending to the rank of Führer in 1934, Hitler rejuvenated the dead Germany. But he alone led the genocide of over 6 million Jews and started the WWII, which killed countless people and affected the entire globe. Hitler committed suicide on 30 April, 1945 while hiding in a secret bunker as the Allies closed in; he bit into cyanide capsule just as he shot himself in the head.
3. Saloth Sar a.k.a. Pol Pot
Pol Pot served as the Prime Minister of Cambodia from 1976 to 1979 and acting leader from 1975, Pol Pot rose to power after the Vietnam War. His reign was marked by tyrannical rural policies with no regard to even the basic human rights in which people were relocated from cities to the countryside where they were forced to work in farms until death from exhaustion. The educated population was singled out and executed in the notorious Killing Fields, where hammers, nails, axes and bamboos were used to save ammunition. His reign killed over 2 million Cambodians, anout a third of the population and a genocide of his own people.
4. Ivan the “terrible” of Russia
The name says it all. Notoriously blood thirsty and horrendous in his actions, he assumed the mantle of Tsar at just 8 years old. Known for beating his pregnant daughter-in-law to abortion and killing his son in a mere argument, Ivan’s reputation speaks for itself. This ruthless leader committed genocide during his conquests.
5. Idi Amin Dada
Idi Amin initially gained power in the military and then seized power of the government of Uganda. His rule was marked by administrative failures, corruption, violation of human rights and political executions. His rule claimed between 100,000 to 500,000 lives and committed a genocide of his political rivals.
Article publié pour la première fois le 13/10/2012