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The 20 most ruthless leaders of all time

Espresso Logo By Caroline D├ęcoste of Espresso | Slide 1 of 21: Dictators, army leaders, monarchs, presidents, and totalitarian heads of state: the men and women on this list each ruled a country, kingdom, or empire and made life a living hell for those who lived during their reign. They had no qualms about resorting to repression, torture, propaganda, murder, and even genocide to stay in power.

The 20 most ruthless leaders of all time

Dictators, army leaders, monarchs, presidents, and totalitarian heads of state: the men and women on this list each ruled a country, kingdom, or empire and made life a living hell for those who lived during their reign. They had no qualms about resorting to repression, torture, propaganda, murder, and even genocide to stay in power.

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