Alexander Poskrebyshev was the head of the office of Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin for most of his reign. Working for Stalin involved more than just the expected office management however. What other ‘roles’ did he often perform on the job?

Answer: Stalin regularly challenged Poskrebyshev, who he nicknamed the ‘Commander-in-Chief’, to drinking contests. Time and time again Stalin would laugh and cheer as Poskrebyshev was dragged vomiting from the table after another defeat.

Source: Stalin- The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore

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