How tall is Joseph Stalin ?

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Joseph Stalin's height is 5ft 6in (168 cm)

Infamous Russian Leader. President Truman's white house physician, Wallace H Graham, said in 1989 (trumanlibrary.org/oralhist/grahamw.htm): "Before I met him, I had thought he was a large man. I thought he would be a great big huge person, but no, he wasn't at all. He and Hitler were about the same height, approximately five feet, eight. I saw Hitler many, many times, and Goering and Goebbels. Stalin was a broad fellow, with a very heavily pock-marked face"

Stalin has also been described as 5ft 4,5,6...

5ft 9 Harry Truman, Winston Churchill (5ft 6-7) and Stalin in a picture and another one. Stalin was in his mid 60's by then, so he could 'look' 5ft 6-7. The more I've read about this guy, the more mentions of dodgy shoes seem to pop up. History though can be twisted to suit needs, in photos he may have had elevator shoes but who is to know? I am leaving him now 5ft 6...
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Orlando says on 13/Jul/14
Mr. Paul, if the man was listed 1.74 m in his police file, and in the photo with Churchill and Truman he looks about the same height as Churchill (5'8") and about 1-2 cm shorter than Truman (5'9") then in no way Stalin would ever be 5'6"! Please, put him at 5'8"!
stalin says on 18/Apr/14
was 5' 7"-8"-9"
176,2Tunman says on 14/Mar/14
Rob,if Graham said he was about 5'8 then we may assume he's near that mark,possibly a 5'7 wearing an inch lift? Honestly,he didn't look short in most pics.If he was measured 174 (possibly 173,5?)with normal shoes then he's probably 171 without them.169 in 1945 and 171 peak seems fair,he was a heavy drinker and his health wasn't really the best in 1945,so about 2cm loss is plausible at 66.Would you consider a little upgrade,Rob?
[Editor Rob: I think 5ft 6 is probably the low for him, maybe in his youth it is possible he was taller than his late 50's.]
JC says on 7/Mar/14
Stalin was 5'4"
THE_MAD_BOMBER says on 24/Jan/14
ALEX....STALIN WAS VERY SENSITIVE ABOUT BEING SHORT. HE HAD A SCULPTOR SHOT FOR DOING A STATUE OF HIM THAT DIDN'T MAKE HIM LOOK TALL.
mjd says on 14/Oct/13
Orlando: The picture is obviously deceiving.

If Churchill is 5'6-5'7, and Truman 5'9, then how can he be "About their heights"? They're different heights!

Here's the problem. In the picture, Truman is standing a foot back from Churchill and Stalin: this creates the illusion of Truman being smaller than he actually is. If both had been standing side by side to Truman, and not a foot forward, I think the 5'6-5'7 height range for Stalin would hold up.

Now, as for the soviet documents - maybe it's forged? Joseph Stalin wouldn't be beyond trying to be bigger than he actually was. Or, conversely, Stalin may wear serious footware that helps him pull off 5'8, hence the impression Wallace H Graham had of him being the same size as Hitler.
Hias says on 28/Jul/13
It could have been a mistake. Police files aren't free from errors
Orlando says on 4/May/13
If Stalin's mugshot Click Here clearly shows him listed at 1.74 m (maybe 1.72 m barefoot) and in the photo with Churchill and Truman he looks about their heights, I don't understand why you keep him listed short at 5ft 6in when in fact he was an average tall man...
Alex says on 29/Jan/13
Honestly, he could claim up to 6'6'' and no one would dare to even remotely object at the time.
Hendrik says on 27/Dec/12
in stalins police file (google stalin mugshot) it says ''174 cm''

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