Uncle Joe is revered in Putin’s Russia as a benevolent dictator

‘We will achieve abundance’ promises a propaganda poster of 1949. But by 1952 most free Soviet citizens shared the same diet as the inhabitants of the Gulag

‘We will achieve abundance’ promises a propaganda poster of 1949. But by 1952 most free Soviet citizens shared the same diet as the inhabitants of the Gulag

‘Lately, the paradoxical turns of recent Russian history… have given my research more than scholarly relevance,’ remarks Oleg Khlevniuk in his introduction. Indeed, in Putin’s Russia Stalin’s apologists and admirers seem daily to become more vocal. The language of the 1930s is used in televised tirades against ‘internal enemies’ and ‘foreign agents’. Stalin himself is upheld not only as a strong leader, but also as an ‘effective manager’ who, despite his mistakes, did what was necessary to modernise the Soviet Union; or, contrarily, as a benevolent dictator who was unaware of the corrupt actions of his officials.

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  • ontario john

    I think that picture is hanging on the wall in the new Premier of Alberta’s office.

    • I would not be surprised.

    • Linda1000

      Not yet, but we’ll be paying for this one.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Called it!
    He’s getting “rehabilitated” right before our eyes!

    • Putin lervs him!

      • ontario john

        Saw on the news that Russia will be using prison labour to build the infrastructure for the World Cup. How appropriate.

        • tom_billesley

          Slave labour for Russia 2018, just like Qatar 2022.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This shows how little the Putin regime has to offer ordinary Russians. Meantime, Russian women continue to inquire of matchmaking agencies about marriage to Westerners.

    • UCSPanther

      I have heard that Russians per capita are poorer than India.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Stalin was the Red Tsar. Putin is the Blue Tsar.

  • UCSPanther

    I’d love to see how the Putin bagmen are going to spin/rationalize this. This shoots their argument that “Putin isn’t communist” right down in flames.

  • Alain

    Is this really any different that how Mao is treated in China? I am not excusing it and certainly find it disgusting, but what I find sicker and more disgusting are the numerous neo-marxists in the West who continue to idolise Che, Castro, Mao, Lenin and Stalin. I doubt that any country or group can ever advance or make progress until they have dealt with the horrors of their past. Worshipping past tyrants and butchers would do it.