Interestingly, Stalin’s predecessor Lenin had never become a general secretary during his time in power, but he had been a prime minister (in the Soviet terminology-the President of the Soviet of People’s Commissars).
On this day in 1922 Stalin became the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party. It is interesting to note that he was the first who hold that position. Earlier, some people held the position of a “responsible secretary” (Russian: ответственный секретарь), or the position of a “technical secretary”, but these functions mostly marked secretaries, not leaders.
It seems that Stalin acquired himself the supreme power as the General Secretary. He became the General Secretary during Lenin`s life. It is interesting to note that Lenin had never become a general secretary during his rule, but he had been a prime minister (in the Soviet terminology – the President of the Soviet of People’s Commissars).
Later, communist parties around the world accepted the position of the General Secretary/the First Secretary as their leading position. Even today, local leaders in communist countries like China, North Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam hold this position.