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Surging Support for Joseph Stalin in Post-Soviet Russia is Troubling

Carl31 Wrote: Mar 09, 2013 7:12 AM
Well said! Decadent systems begin to collapse long before the dramatic "revolutionary events" that fill the history texts. The tsars' chance to reform and modernize was 200 years ago. After Tsar Alexander II (died c. 1885) such reform was less and less likely, and even then it was a long shot. Curious, one great old history professor I had put this question on a test: "Imagine you are Tsar Nicholas I (1840s). What reforms do you enact to prevent the 1917 revolution?'

This week marked the 60th anniversary of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death. On March 5, 1953, the Georgia-born tyrant’s nearly three-decade long reign of terror came to an end -- providing momentary solace for all people living behind the Iron Curtain. “Uncle Joe” was no more.

Millions of people in then-Soviet Russia, the Baltic States, and nearby Soviet satellites were killed, tortured, and oppressed under Stalin’s regime.

Members of my family witnessed the wrath of his inhumane policies firsthand. My late maternal grandfather -- a faithful, quiet man -- was imprisoned for 18 months in one of his gulags...