Controversial Russian dictator, Joseph Stalin, ruled the Soviet Union for around 25 years from 1929 to 1953 and is credited for making it a prominent industrial and military power of the world. During the Second World War, his army defeated the Nazis too. However, his regime was also one of terror and brutality where numerous Soviet citizens lost their lives.
Born to a history teacher father, historian Vladislav Ardzinba had specialized in Middle Eastern studies and Hittitology in his academic career. He later served as the president of Abkhazia. He died after a prolonged illness, at the age of 64, though the cause of his death was not revealed.
Itzhak Ilan was a military officer best remembered for his service in the Israel Security Agency from 1982 to 2012. From 2010 to 2011, he also served as the Deputy Director of the agency. Ilan is also remembered for his service in the Israel Defense Forces where he was a Commander of the Israeli Air Force's Anti-aircraft Artillery Battery Division.