During WWII the Soviet Union – led by the great Joseph Stalin – were Allies of the UK during the darkest days of the war! The USSR lost between 27-40 million casualties fighting the Nazi Germans on our behalf as a nation. As both of my grandfather’s bravely volunteered to fight fascism during WWII (with my maternal Grandfather – Arthur Gibson – joining the Royal Navy and protecting the Russian Arctic Conveys) I resent the comment made by your female presenter – who thought it was funny to quote a ‘racist’ Daily Mail article referring to a news story as ‘Stalinesque’! Stalin and the Soviet Red Army fought for our Rights and survival in the face of the most barbaric fascist ideology! As a BAME family – we have only started engaging with the BBC again recently – following a decade of boycotting its racialised and bias reporting. I am complaining as an academic specialising in the history of the USSR – and do not expect any positive response from the BBC. I do not want my children brainwashed with this anti-intellectual attitude.
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