Half of Russians believe Stalin was a ‘wise leader who made the USSR powerful and prosperous’

Uncle Joe StalinMore than half of Russians believe the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was a ‘wise leader who made the USSR powerful and prosperous’.

Some 57 per cent of Russians said they entirely or generally agreed with the statement, indicating a growing support for the dictator.

The level of support for Stalin has rocketed in recent years, according to a Russian poll centre, going up 10 per cent in just four years.

  • Kaye92

    What are Russians taught in school about their history? How many have read the Gulag Archipelago? One in a hundred, maybe.

    The information that Russians have access to may not be as rigidly controlled as it was under the USSR and Pravda, but the media is severely restricted, and the education system also no doubt similarly handcuffed. Russia, to say the least, is not a free society.

  • CodexCoder

    Those that don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it. That is why we have the second coming of the Trudeau in Canada.

    • Waffle

      I am not surprised that some Russians venerate Stalin. Same phenomenon here vis-a-vis Trudeau the First. The myth is perpetuated by the heirs and the beneficiaries of his largesse and of course, the misinformed, gullible believers.

      Yes, Codex — history is repeating as we speak and it isn’t pretty. We are living in dangerous and ugly times, my friend

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I call it the Baby Boomer Echo.

      • Alain

        Or just the dumbing down of the population through media and school propaganda and indoctrination for decades.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I managed to wriggle free.
          Why can’t they?

          • Alain

            I can only guess that it is a combination of being intellectually lazy and the need to be accepted by the pack (group-think). I was also faced with this in university, but with time and some maturity came to my senses and escaped. I think my pre-university schooling, which was still traditional, along with my upbringing helped a great deal. I also note that my now adult children, who experienced this crap all through school, have some how managed not to fall for the group-think/pack. So yes it is possible, but it requires a modicum of critical thinking, fact checking, good memory and research. Far too many cannot be bothered to do that.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Maybe it was a good thing that I flunked out of university and had to go to work for a few years before I got married, had kids and had to try it again to save myself from Plan B.

          • Clausewitz

            Because you were willing to put in the effort. Today’s students want marks, not knowledge, and that’s where they put in the effort, cheating, lying, whatever it takes. If they put half of the effort that they put into avoiding work towards their studies they would be all the better for it.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I wanted marks, too, but the terror of being suspended or expelled prevented me from ever cheating.
            There was too much at risk.
            So, I did what normal people do and studied.
            A lot.

          • Clausewitz

            A lot of Kids these days expect everything to be handed to them, that’s why we are in the state we’re in. I remember when I was 13 and saving up for a cassette recorder. Took me about 6 month’s of odd jobs, a paper route and my allowance before I could buy it. After all that work I really appreciated that thing. Today’s kids couldn’t give two shits about any item they receive because if they screw it up they just know daddy will buy them a new one. In the end they have no appreciation for the value of honest work.

          • El Martyachi

            So glad I don’t have kids…

    • Norman_In_New_York

      History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

      • Minicapt

        History has Tourette’s?


  • dance…dancetotheradio

    How many Bernie Sanders believe the same thing?

  • Spatchcocked

    Yes dear old avuncular Joe…….he was really a softy….everyone knows that.

  • Alain

    Likely all the Liberal and NDP voters in Canada along with the Democrats in the United States think the same thing. Of course they think the same about Castro and Mao, and never forget good old Che.

  • simus1

    PT was the most hated politician in Canada when he finally took his leave from Ottawa . It took the marxists in the media and education system decades to get that irritating fact permanently covered up.

    Russians are weird.
    A lot of them are happiest when there is a whip either in their hands or on their backs.

    • Alain

      Your description of the Russians can just as well be applied to what our society has become. We have no shortage of those determined to impose their will and control everyone else in every area of life, and we have a large majority who willingly go along with it. They accept being told what they can and cannot eat, drink or smoke. People no longer understand the meaning and significance of individual/personal freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of association or private property rights. Yes, I am aware that Trudeau Sr. excluded private property rights from his charter to appease the NDP, but that all this kind of rubbish was accepted in the first place proves my point.

  • Brett_McS

    Propaganda is aimed at getting people to identify with the hopes, fears, successes and frustrations of the Great Leader; basically to forget about their own wretched lives and to live vicariously through the great man – and the more of an extreme narcissist the leader is, the better he suits that role. People do it naturally (fiction and People Magazine rely on the effect), so it’s not a great trick to apply it to politics: It’s Kim Kardashian on steroids.

  • Didianna

    This may explain a bit Stalin’s nature, remote viewers 1953 about his approaching death; http://beforeitsnews.com/spirit/2016/04/the-mysterious-death-of-stalin-2501048.html