Print Edition - 2018-03-06  |  World News Digest

Fans mark 65 years since Stalin’s death

- Agencies, MOSCOW

Mar 6, 2018-

Die-hard Communists on Monday laid flowers at the tomb of Joseph Stalin in Moscow to mark the 65th anniversary of his death, as the rehabilitation of the Soviet dictator gathers pace in Russia. Although the flower-laying ceremony takes place by the dictator’s tomb near the Kremlin walls every March 5, monuments to Stalin have sprung up across Russia over the past year.Stalin’s reign saw millions executed and sent to Gulag prison camps or exile in remote regions, with many released only after his death in 1953. His legacy still divides the nation, with many seeing him primarily as the man who led the Soviet Union to victory over Nazi Germany and drove the industrialisation of Russia. “The problem is that our countrymen simply do not understand the extent of Stalin’s crimes and do not know what his purges were really about,” said Yan Rachinsky of Russia’s top human rights group. 

Published: 06-03-2018 09:54

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