Medvedev’s condemnation of Stalin cult should be applauded

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Medvedev’s condemnation of Stalin cult should be applauded

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Cult leader: the long process of de-Stalinization continues

Cult leader: the long process of de-Stalinization continues

We need to stop talking about political divisions in the heart of United Russia, and appreciate that Dmitry Medvedev’s speech against Stalin-era crimes is a truly brave step.

A brief visit to Red Square might leave many in the West confused; Stalin’s tomb, separated from Lenin’s only eight years after his death, remains one of the best decorated with tokens from his still enamoured supporters.

Let us not underestimate the scale to which he is still revered in the country. In December last year Josef Stalin was voted the third most popular Russian in a nationwide poll conducted on state television.

Seen by the West as a puppet of the former president and current prime minister, Vladimir Putin, Medvedev’s touching on a subject as sensitive as the heritage of such an emotive figure might seem alien to such a definition.

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  1. October 30, 2009

    Londiniensis

    Actions speak louder than words. If he is sincere, the president should allow all documents relating to the Katyn massacre to be declassified, along with documents pertaining to Soviet-Nazi co-operation 1939-41. Only last year, Russian newspapers were floating stories (one must assume with the approval of Russian government authorities under Medvedev) that Katyn had been the work of the Germans – Stalin’s official line from 1943 onwards(although Russian guilt was admitted by Gorbachev in 1990).

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