Joseph Stalin: Freemason Or Not?

All Freemasons???
I ran across this photo with the caption "Churchill, Roosevelt, & Stalin: Freemasons." It is well known and accepted that both Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt were Freemasons.  Churchill was a member of Studholme Lodge No. 1591, England and Roosevelt was a member of Holland Lodge No. 8, New York.  So the question is whether Joseph Stalin, the Premier of the Soviet Union who allied with the United States and Great Britain during World War II was also a member of the fraternity. 

Since the 1950s, Stalin has frequently been cited as a Freemason. However, there is no record that Stalin was a Mason. It would not have been possible for Stalin to join a regular lodge even if he had desired admission. As a condition for membership, Masons must profess a belief in a Supreme Being, and Joseph Stalin was an avowed athiest.  



  1. Stalin studied to be a priest as a young man .He could have joined then when clearly he was a believer .

  2. There is no evidence he did however.

  3. masons do not necessarily advertise they are. quite the opposite.

    1. I have never known one Mason that has ever kept his membership a secret. I've written two books on Famous Freemasons and again never run across a single instance when membership was secret. The idea that Masons keep their membership a secret is pure conspiracy nonsense.