Nikita Khrushchev: Have you thought about it? About what we said after Stalin dies?
Vyacheslav Molotov: Like what?
Nikita Khrushchev: His crimes?
Vyacheslav Molotov: What crimes?
Nikita Khrushchev: Millions...
Vyacheslav Molotov: Nikita, you are too emotional. You talk too much. Who are we to judge Stalin. Before him we were a weak, backward country, Now look at us. We control half of Europe... the whole of China... We have the atomic bomb... We command respect. Without Stalin, it would have take twenty years longer.
Vyacheslav Molotov: I don't be;ieve it. Without the purges, the arrests, the killings... without Stalin, we could have been a great country.
Vyacheslav Molotov: Our history required Stalin.
Stalin: [after hearing about the situation on the Eastern Front] Beria! Beria! Bring up security troops. Shoot anyone trying to retreat.
Voroshilov: Shoot our own men?
Stalin: Yes, and we'll shoot you too! You incompetent fool!
Voroshilov: Koba! How can you say that? Who killed off all our best generals? 40,000 of our best officers? Called them 'enemies of the people'? Had them shot? Who trusted Hitler? Who said he would not attack us? Voroshilov? No! It was you! It was YOU!
Stalin: You think I don't know? Stalin knows. I know what you say, what you do, who you screw. I know everything about you.
Dr. Lukomsky: [Referring to Stalin, who's on his deathbed] Hemorrhage on his brain... He can't breathe.
Beria: [vindictively] Let him die - murdering bastard.
Beria: [the dying Stalin chuckles and it appears he's regaining consciousness, so Beria panics and begins kissing Stalin's hand] Forgive me... forgive me... forgive me...
[Stalin goes back into his coma, and Beria feels safe, so he spits on the floor in contempt]
Stalin: Hitler will go the way of Napoleon... to defeat, to despair, and to his death.
Olga Alliluyeva: [to Stalin about Sergei] He died of silence. He didn't die of cancer.
Nikolai Bukharin: [about Stalin] The mass conspirator accuses everyone else of conspiracy.
Vladimir Lenin: No brutality should be allowed although no revolution is possible without terror.
Stalin: [Seeing his son, Yakov, has tried shooting himself, but will survive] Idiot - can't even shoot straight!