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Controversial World Leaders

written by: Eve
Can you identify these leaders known for ruling with an iron fist? All of them have caused a notable controversy and will be remembered for it. They blocked immigrants, opposed progress, starved their people, even killed millions. One way or another, they were controversial; some more so than others.

Question 1:

Who initiated a political purge known as The Knight of the Long Knives in order to eliminate critics of his new regime?
Adolf Hitler
Mao Zedong
Vladimir Lenin
Saddam Hussein

Question 2:

Between 1934 and 1939, he organised the "Great Purge", in which millions of so-called "enemies of the working class" were exiled or executed. During his tenure the concept of "Socialism in One Country" became a central tenet of Soviet society.
Nikita Khrushchev
Joseph Stalin
Leonid Brezhnev
Vladimir Lenin

Question 3:

This leader of an Islamist political background, who was elected president of his country in 2014, stated, "There is now a menace which is called Twitter. The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society."
Robert Mugabe
Bashar al-Assad
Recep Erdogan
Haider al-Abadi

Question 4:

This leader was called 'The Genius of the Carpathians'. After the violent removal of his Communist government in 1989, he and his wife, Elena were hastily tried and convicted by a special military tribunal on charges of genocide.
Mikhail Gorbachev
Josip Broz Tito
Erich Honecker
Nicolae Ceaușescu

Question 5:

This Spanish dictator overthrew his country's elected leftist government in the 1930s with the support of Nazi Germany.
Francisco Franco
Benito Mussolini
Salvador Allende
Josip Broz Tito

Question 6:

This world leader wrote that global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese and called the Environmental Protection Agency a "disgrace".
Vladimir Putin
Donald Trump
Angela Merkel
James Cameron

Question 7:

Who took over as president of his country in 1973 after a military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende?
Simon Bolivar
Augusto Pinochet
Robert Mugabe
Juan Perón

Question 8:

Often described as the de facto leader of the European Union, this politician was criticised for allowing in hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East.
François Hollande
Angela Merkel
David Cameron
Theresa May

Question 9:

Goya's painting 'The Third of May 1808' commemorates Spanish resistance to the armies led by this military and political leader during the occupation the Peninsular War.
Victor Emmanuel II
Maximilien Robespierre
Napoleon Bonaparte
Horatio Nelson

Question 10:

What Palestinian political leader received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994?
Mahmoud Abbas
Yasser Arafat
Muammar Gaddafi
Bashar al-Assad


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