Nosovich (b. 1878): "Stalin does not hesitate in the choice of paths to realize his aims. Clever, smart, educated and extremely shifty, he is the evil genius of Tsaritsyn (city to which Stalin was appointed in 1918) and its inhabitants. All manner of requisitioning, apartment evictions, searches accompanied by shameless thievery, arrests, and other violence used against civilians became everyday phenomena in the life of Tsaritsyn. To be fair, Stalin's energy could be envied by any of the old administrators, and his ability to get things done in whatever conditions was something to go to school for."