This article from Wednesday’s Washington Post reflects the reality that Joseph Stalin remains a very controversial figure in modern day Russia. It is noteworthy that he was voted the third greatest Russian of all time on a television programme in 2008. For others, often relatives of his victims, he is a hate figure.
Perhaps most significant in this American article is the suggestion that “his opponents have accused the government of burnishing Stalin’s image as part of its efforts to justify its own retreat from democracy”. Read the article and see how far you agree.