The Stalin Bus

Two days ago, members of the St. Petersburg Communist Party realized a long held wish, when a bus operated by the Network of Passenger Transports (SPP) rolled onto Nevsky Prospekt, sporting a ten-foot-tall image of Josef Stalin (see photo). The following two phrases appear on the side: “I would like to raise a toast to …

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Why is Yuri Luzhkov Promoting Stalin?

Much has been said about the City of Moscow’s plan to include Stalin in the 65th-anniversary celebrations of Victory Day. The idea, though, seems to have extremely weak public support. So why would Mayor Luzhkov sponsor a project with only limited appeal that was sure to raise a controversy? Answers to this question have been …

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Missing the Story with Stalin

Roland Oliphant has little blurb out on RussiaProfile.org about the ongoing scandal involving May’s 65th Victory Day celebration and the memory of Stalin. The tone of his article has an air of objectivity, though Oliphant stops to poke a little fun at Vladimir Makarov, Moscow’s advertisements head, for saying that only “exploding young politicians” stand …

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Holidays, Witches, & Stalin

Yesterday was Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia, a celebration that serves as a kind of ‘Men’s Day.’ If you’ve got a penis, thanks for defending the Fatherland! Originally, the day marks the beginning of conscription under Lenin in 1918 — the birth of the Red Army. Maksim Kononenko has an amusing op-ed in …

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Stalin & the War

If you haven’t heard already, the head of Moscow’s municipal publicity committee, Vladimir Makarov (no, not the terrorist from Call of Duty, but the other one), wants to erect a series of “stands” and banners throughout Moscow with little bits of information, explaining Josef Stalin’s role in the Great Patriotic War. Before you ask, remember …

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