“60 years after the death of Stalin, Russia still can not decide whether to consider him a mass murderer or a national hero” – reflects Danish journalist Samuel Rachlin in an article in The New York Times .
“The Communists have collected thousands of signatures on a petition to the president again renamed Volgograd Stalingrad in Paris … If there is a metro station” Stalingrad “, they reason, why the name should be banned in Russia?” – The author writes.
For the 60th anniversary of Stalin’s death, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace held an opinion poll of public attitudes towards it, and found that Stalin is the first line in the list of greatest historical figures, the article says. In 1989, thought so only 12% of Russians – now they are already at 50% mark, said the reporter.
“But at the same time, 68% agreed with the statement that he was a cruel tyrant, guilty of the deaths of millions of any innocent civilians,” – says the article.
The de-Stalinization campaign which has not been started by Khrushchev was never really finished not by him or by successors, the article says. “Under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, any attempt to deal with the Stalinist legacy drowned in the political chaos of those years. When Putin came to power, he came to the question of Stalin, with his usual ambiguity and evasiveness,” – the author notes.
“So, instead of catharsis, which the country has earned and that it needs, the Russians continue to deal with a dictator who refuses to go away forever,” – concludes Rachlin.