Over 50 percent (the highest ever) of Russians positively view Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his role in the countrys history, a new poll reveals.
According to research conducted by the Levada Center, the share of Russians who regard Stalin with respect has grown 12 percent, while the share of those who perceive the Soviet leader indifferently or negatively decreased by almost three times since 2015.
As many as 70 percent consider Stalins role in the countrys history “rather positive,” praising him for defeating Nazism. Meanwhile, 19 percent say he played a negative role.
Though 45 percent of Russians consider the mass repressions during the Stalin era to be unjustified, the number of those who denounce the repressions dropped almost a quarter from 60 percent in 2008.
The Levada study shows that the positive perception of Joseph Stalin increased not only among Communist party supporters, who are traditional sympathizers of the Soviet leader, but also among other political groups.
Decades after his death in 1953, Stalin remains a highly controversial figure of Russian history. While some, including anti-communists and Russian liberals, regard him as a villain who was behind the mass political repressions which claimed the lives of thousands ofRead More – Source