There have been many rulers in the World. Some devoted their lives for the welfare of their people. On the other hand, some used terror to gain control of the public. They ruled with an iron fist and a never ending thirst for power. Let’s have a look at the five most cruel rulers the World has ever witnessed:

Most cruel rulers #1 Attila The Hun

He was the king of the Huns, a non-Christian people based on the Great Hungarian Plain in the 5th Century A.D. Him and thirsty barbarians tortured, raped and murdered all who stood in their way. According to a legend, they dipped their arrows in the juice of boiled embryos, drank women’s blood and were descended from unclean spirits. He slaughtered deserts and murdered his own brother. Attila’s ruthlessness knew no bounds and definitely, that makes him number 1 in the list of most cruel rulers ever.

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2. Genghis Khan

He was the founder of the Mongol Empire which became the largest contiguous empire after his death. Genghis was responsible for killing over 40 million people. In the middle ages, the population of China drastically fell down by millions during the Genghis Khan’s lifetime. Additionally, scholars estimate that he may have killed three-fourth of modern’s day Iran’s population during his war within the Khwazmid empire.

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3. Ivan The Terrible

Ivan was the Grand prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547 then ‘Tsar of all the Russias’ until his death in 1584. After a childhood of abuse and repression he destroyed his rivals and claimed the throne of Tsardom. He was a dichotomy. Often cruel, he was an effective leader who strengthened Russia’s stature at home and abroad. Very religious, he committed all kinds of atrocities. From boiling people in oil to cutting out their tongues, impaling their bodies, and executing entire families. In an absolute rage, he killed his own son.

cruel rulers4. Adolf Hitler

He was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Leader of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator of the German Reich, he initiated World War II Of Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939. He is remembered as a powerful villain and a more powerful leader. The exact number of people killed by Hitler could Never be known, but with different methods and researches, the death tolls of Jews have been calculated to be around 5.1 Million to 6 Million. Hitler’s cruelty knew no bounds.

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5. Joseph Stalin

He was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. He was effectively the dictator of the state.  Stalin was a maniac that ruthlessly clung to power.  In order to upset any budding power bases or alliances that might work against him, he went on a spree of executing, imprisoning, and firing many officials at many levels, especially the highest levels.  One of his sons shot himself and lived. When that son was captured by the Germans, Stalin refused a trade for a German general and his son died. He is also believed to kill his own wife.

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Cruel enough, Weren’t they?

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