Joseph Stalin Widely Admired in Former Soviet Nations, Finds Carnegie Survey [Huffington Post]

Boilerplate anti-Communist / anti-Russian / anti-Putin AP propaganda can’t obscure the facts of the survey – Zuo Shou

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV 03/01/13 AP

[Excerpted]

MOSCOW — An opinion survey commissioned by the Carnegie Endowment says that Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has remained widely admired in Russia and other ex-Soviet nations…

The Carnegie report, released Friday, was based on the first-ever comparative opinion polls in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It found that support for Stalin in Russia has actually increased since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

The report has concluded that public attitudes to the dictator have improved…

The tyrant led the Soviet Union from 1924 until his death in 1953. Communists…credit him with leading the country to victory in World War II, and making it a nuclear superpower, while others condemn the brutal purges…

…In the Carnegie poll last year, 42 percent of Russian respondents named Stalin as the most influential historical figure…

…In the most recent sign of respect for the dictator earlier this year, the regional legislature decreed that the city of Volgograd, which was known as Stalingrad until its renaming in 1961, should once again be known by its old name on days commemorating the historic WWII battle. In some Russian cities, authorities ordered images of Stalin to be put on city buses as part of festivities…

…An even greater admiration of Stalin was seen in his homeland, Georgia, where 45 percent of respondents expressed a positive view of him. In Armenia, 38 percent of those polled said their country will always need leaders like Stalin…

Edited by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/joseph-stalin-more-popular-in-russia-now_n_2791776.html

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