There are lots of ways to become a meme. Your dog could be really cute. You could be making a really dumb face in a single unfortunate photo. Or, you could be a Kurdish military commander and look exactly like Stalin, as Hossein Yazdanpanah does. Yazdanpanah has gone viral on the Russian internet for his eerie resemblance (see the photo above, did someone smuggle some DNA?) to the Soviet dictator. As one Russian news outlet tweets, “With a commander like this, Kurdistan’s army could make it all the way to Berlin.”
Yazdanpanah is a political leader and an aggressive fighter for the Kurdistan Freedom Party in the struggle against ISIS — see this photo from earlier this year.