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Russians’ Support for Stalin Now at Record High

"The proportion regarding him with admiration, respect or sympathy was the highest since it began the survey in April 2001..."

By NTK Staff | 04.16.2019 @1:00pm
Russians’ Support for Stalin Now at Record High


A new poll by the Moscow-based Levada Center showed that support among Russians for the Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin has “surged to the highest level of President Vladimir Putin’s era,” according to Bloomberg News.

Bloomberg reported that 70 percent of Russians now say that Stalin’s rule had been good for the country.

“A record 51 percent viewed Stalin positively in March, up from 40 percent a year earlier, the survey published Tuesday by the Moscow-based Levada Center showed. The proportion regarding him with admiration, respect or sympathy was the highest since it began the survey in April 2001, Levada said on its website”

“Nostalgia over the collapse of the Soviet Union is at a peak this year. In addition, Stalin is seen as a figure who ensured social justice,” Karina Pipia, an analyst at Levada, told Bloomberg.

What might be most concerning about the poll is that 46 percent of Russians “were more willing to defend the mass killings and political persecutions that accompanied Stalin’s 31-year rule.”

Pipia noted though that while people still admire Stalin, they “don’t really want to go back to those times.”

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