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7 Most Cruel Dictators in History

They say that it takes compassion for humanity, love for country, and a strong pursuit of justice and mercy to become a strong and respected leader of the masses. However, there are those cold-blooded politicians or generals that decide to do things their own way. Here is a list of dictators who do not care for the value of life as much as they do achieving their selfish motives of domination, power, and immortality.


7 | Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe

Through the use of electoral deception and fear to influence the action of the people, President Robert Mugabe has risen to power and had over 20,000 civilians killed in a province where he did not garner any votes. He then fabricated the mass killing as stories of rebellion and treason. Over 3.1 million Zimbabweans lost their homes and jobs during his time due to the land reform program he implemented. This program was also known as “bulldozing any village who would disagree with him.


6 | Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin has received a lot of assassination attempts given the fact that he initiated the systematic elimination of millions of people or also known as the “Red Terror”. This included the members of his political party which should come as no surprise at all.


5 | Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev is a communist leader for Soviet Union. During his leadership, he was marred with the blood of genocide against the Moldovans, Volga Germans, Cossacks, Poles, and Armenians. That’s why it’s not a surprise that this dictator fits perfectly into the violent shoes of his predecessor Lenin.


4 | Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein

A leader well-known for initiating numerous conflicts during his lifetime, Saddam Hussein has also instituted mass genocide against ethnic groups who went against his leadership. He has fought several wars against Iran and Kuwait, which had the death toll rocketing to a total of 2 million.


3 | Yahya Khan

Yahya Khan

General Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan became the third President of Pakistan and was very active during WWII. He has instigated martial law that ruthlessly led a war against the Eastern part of Pakistan where his policies and regulations has left millions dead.


2 | Josef Stalin

Josef Stalin

When Lenin died in 1924, Stalin became the leader of Soviet Union. He attempted to launch new government programs that will make the country more progressive, however this attempt for a new economy led to the starvation and poverty of about 10 million citizens. There were a lot of activists who were not in favor of his leadership. With that, he launched the “Great Purge”. This entailed death to anyone who would rebel against him and his ideals.


1 | Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

Famous for being the leader of the Nazis, a German party held responsible for the death of 17 million Jews, Adolf Hitler doesn’t need much of an introduction. He led the entire world into war and instigated several bloody war crimes.


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