Russians Love Stalin 130 Years After his Birth

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Original Chinese Language Article By: http://news.163.com

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Global Network Reporter Liang Xu (梁旭) reported from Russia that December 21st, 2009, marked the 130th anniversary of the birth of Soviet leader Comrade Stalin.  The image of Comrade Stalin is often made into a controversy and this raises a number of different responses in relation to his memory.  However, it is clear from recent events that by far the greater weight of opinion in Russia is positive regarding how people view Comrade Stalin.

On December the 21st, 2009, the Russian newspaper entitled ‘”Kommersant’ reported the results of a survey about Comrade Stalin carried-out by the All-Russia Opinion Poll Organisation that revealed that 37% of respondents expressed a positive attitude toward the memory of Stalin, with only 24% expressing a negative attitude.  This difference in attitude represents the controversy that surrounds Stalin’s reputation.  On the one hand there are Russians who view him as a ‘tyrant’, whilst those holding a positive view state that ‘through his wise leadership the USSR became truly great, and that because of his strong personality, the USSR not only survived the Nazi German invasion, but was a main constituent behind the Soviet crushing of fascism and the winning of the Great Patriotic War (1941-45).’  This positive attitude extends to the years of the Cold War (initiated by the USA) and expresses that only Stalin possessed the personal qualities of political leadership and power that enable the Soviet Union to remain stable both internally and externally.

The “Kommersant” further reported that since the collapse of the USSR there is nolonger ‘equality’ in Russia and that society has polarised dramatically between the minority rich and the majority poor.  Those who are suffering because of capitalist excess positively look to the memory of Stalin for comfort.  Professor Naumov, of Moscow University, an expert on history, stated that: ‘With such a disparity in wealth distribution in modern Russia, the poor and disadvantaged look toward Stalin as a means to cope with their daily struggle.  In such circumstances, desperate people would have no hesitation aligning themselves with strong leaders.’

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.

Original Chinese Language Article:

http://news.163.com/09/1221/16/5R2P0LUF000120GU.html

诞辰130年 俄民众对斯大林“爱大于恨”(组图)

环球网记者梁旭报道12月21日是苏联领袖斯大林诞辰130周年纪念日。对于这个争议颇多的政治人物,俄罗斯调查机构进行的相关调查显示,俄罗斯人对斯大林的评价呈现极端不同的两种态度,但爱斯大林的人比恨他的人要多。

俄《生意人报》12月21日报道,全俄民意调查机构进行了相关调查。调查结果显示,37%的受访者对斯大林持积极态度,负面态度的为24%。但是俄罗斯人对斯大林的功过是非呈现了两极分化观点:一部分人认为他是“暴君”,而另一部分人认为他让俄罗斯取得了“伟大的卫国战争胜利”,在斯大林英明领导下,苏联得以强大和繁荣,也只有斯大林的“强势管理,才能应对内忧外患的局面,非常局势不能没有这样的领导。”

《生意人报》报道说,俄民众认为斯大林是非常时期出现的非常人物。俄罗斯现在还没实现真正的平等,因此社会还是在怀念斯大林。莫斯科大学历史系教授纳乌莫夫说,当社会贫富分化加剧,社会会渴望铁腕领导人物帮助穷人恢复公正

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