Record 70 per cent of Russians say Stalin played a positive role in their country’s history

A record seven in 10 Russians now view Joseph Stalin positively, a poll has found.

An annual survey by the independent Levada Centre showed that 52 per cent thought the architect of the Great Purge had played a “more positive” role in the country’s history and 18 per cent an “entirely positive” role.

The 70 per cent approval of Stalin is 21 per cent higher than a decade ago.

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