History's cruelest despots and dictators
Maximilien Robespierre was overthrown in France on this day in 1794
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History has recorded a truly disturbing roll call of tyrants, despots, and dictators. Entrusted with governing or presiding over countries and populations, these individuals have returned the privilege by forming authoritarian regimes with little or no regard for political pluralism, human rights, or the rule of law.
Click through the following gallery and find out who's left behind a legacy of totalitarian misery.
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