High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Stalinism is a term that refers to a "theory and practice of communism" utilised in the political system associated with Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union from 1928-1953. The term was originally coined in a positive sense by Lazar Kaganovich, but nonetheless rejected by Stalin himself. The term "Stalinism" is almost never used in a positive way. Stalinism has been additionally described as "red fascism," especially in the United States after 1945, but the term Stalinism had already gained international currency in the 1930s when the fight for political supremacy between Stalin and Trotsky was at its peak. Those who subscribe to the ideas of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Stalin and Mao Zedong almost never describe themselves as Stalinists; they see the term as derogatory and in the west are on the political fringe. In Russia though, Stalin is today viewed in a positive light by many and the current Russian authorities have been accused of suppressing the historical record.