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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

THE CULT OF STALIN: Sixty Years After Death Josef Stalin Still Revered by Some Russians - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Children hold their red neckerchiefs, the visible symbols of the Young...
Children hold their red neckerchiefs, the visible symbols of the Young Pioneers, the Communist youth league in the USSR, in Moscow's Red Square on 16, 2010. Many Communist leaders in contemporary Russia overlook the mass killings ordered by Josef Stalin during his rule.

By Uwe Klussmann

Josef Stalin ruled the early years of the Soviet Union with torture, show trials and vast numbers of executions. Yet today, many Russians are willing to forgive this brutality. They see him as a hero for consolidating power and modernizing the country. 

It's not like someone in Russia would dispute that Josef Stalin stands for a gruesome reign of violence. He was a controversial figure from the beginning among the leadership of his own party, the Bolsheviks, forerunners to the Communist Party. Even former Russian Communist leaders concede that the number of his victims is inconceivably high.

And yet the late Soviet dictator is the source of intense disagreements in modern day Russia. Admirers like writer Alexander Prokhanov extol Stalin's "mystical victory" at the end of World War II and the Soviet "red project" as epoch-making. The pro-Stalin camp regularly wins television debates with liberals warning of the dangers of Stalin nostalgia. Sixty years after his death, on March 5, 1953, the "man of steel" still inspires fascination among many Russians............

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