These 10 Dictators From History were Moral, Virtuous and Outright Great!


As the Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia, Josip Tito was supreme commander of the Yugoslav Partisans and the Yugoslav People’s Army, and marshal premier and President of Yugoslavia. Tito was responsible for uniting the six neighboring countries into a unified Yugoslavia.

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Tito was the chief architect of the “second Yugoslavia” – a socialist federation that lasted from World War II until 1991. He helped Yugoslavia break away from the USSR. He was instrumental in defying Soviet hegemony, promoted socialism or a relaxed form of communism and a promoter of the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) between the two hostile blocs during the Cold War. Tito nationalized industries, didn’t force farmers to collectivize, though they were required to hand over their produce. He worked towards a planned economy that the country benefitted.(1,2)


The longest ruling Russian Empress from 1762-1796 and is responsible for the Golden Age of the Russian Empire.

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Catherine came to power following a coup d’état after Peter III – her spouse was overthrown. She continued to modernize Russia along the Western European lines. Russia also began to colonize Alaska- establishing Russian America. She brought major changes in serfdom (a form of feudalism) and gave them a legitimate bureaucratic status that the serfs lacked before.

Catherine introduced the Russian Statute of National Education in 1786 and opened free schools. She opened the Smolny Institute- the first Russian Institute for Noble Maidens and the first European State Higher Education institution for women. Girls-only schools were also established during her reign. She wrote the “Nakaz”- a document containing rules and the functions for fair governance and wanted to ban capital punishment and torture; she was a great patron of the arts and helped in making Russia a cultural hub.(1,2,3)


Paul Kagame, who has been in power for the last 24 years in Rwanda and still going strong, was instrumental in ending the genocide and taking the country forward.

 The current Rwandan President, having taken up office in 2000, has liberalized the economy, privatized state-owned industries, reduced red tape for businesses and transformed the country from an agricultural to a knowledge-based country. He was instrumental in ending the Genocide- a bloody chapter in Rwandan history in which Hutu extremists killed an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu which began with the assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana. Kagame resumed the civil war and ended the genocide with a military victory!

He has prioritized national development- launching a program to develop Rwanda into a middle-income country by 2020 (Vision 2020) and the average growth has been about 8% per year withthe service sector having grown strongly. Education is given a high priority – allocating 17% of the annual budget to the sector. Disease management is another major frontier that has seen great development. Kagame encourages equality as most of his MPs are women. To combat shortages in qualified medical personnel, the Rwandan government in 2011 launched an eight year multi-million-dollar initiative to train medical professionals. Rwanda also ranks highly in the World Bank’s Ease of doing Business index. “Transparency International” ranked Rwanda the eighth cleanest out of 47 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and sixty sixth cleanest out of 178 in the world!(1,2)

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