Cruel, savage, vicious, fierce, and barbarous these are all words that we could use to describe some of the actions performed by Josef Stalin. One example of these outrageous acts of cruelty is that during his rule of the Soviet Union he created a group of work camps known as the Gulag. Being sent to the camps was a form of punishment for disobeying the law. The living conditions in these camps were absolutely horrible, bad food rations, and poor housing were just part of it. These people who were currently working there at the time were literally worked to death! Another action he took happened right after Leon Trotsky testified against Stalin saying that he was doing outrageous things and that he should be removed from power. So a few days after the testifying Trotsky was attacked with an ice pick. Then about a week or so later he died after being hospitalized for his injuries. And these two incidents are just few of many cruel actions performed by Josef Stalin.