JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s Moral Disaster” – International Centre fo Defence and Security (Estonia)/ Jukka Mallinen

Kremlin and River

“Russians cannot tell good from evil. Many people were shocked when a large majority of Russians named Stalin ‘the greatest Russian.’ In 1988, 8% of the citizens of the Soviet Union deemed Stalin acceptable. In 2016 the dictator’s approval rating among Russians was 54%, and in 2018 his support had increased to 70%. … researcher … File Photo of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph StalinAndrey Kolesnikov, explains … the annexation of Crimea has encouraged patriotic and imperialist ideas and raised Stalin … popularity …. made easier by the fact that, in the eyes of the young, Stalin is as distant in the history books as Ivan the Terrible. Stalin’s popularity is a sign of the people’s inability to find their way in the confusion of modern times. It offers simple solutions to difficult problems. It is also a protest against the disappointment of the Putin government gone wrong. Stalin is the opium of the Russian people: an unattainable dream …. And behind all this …. serious frustration and growing fears ….”

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