Stalin remains popular in his homeland

Just just saw this article from the BBC, about the growing popularity of Stalin in the Republic of Georgia, where he was from.  Given that we just studied Stalin, I thought you all might find it interesting.  Post your reactions or questions in the comments.


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5 Responses to Stalin remains popular in his homeland

  1. Krissy Bylancik says:

    Practice Comment

  2. dharbeck says:

    I do not understand that, Stalin was responsible for millions of deaths, he would send artists and writers to gulags for thinking freely, he starved millions more. Its sickening that he could become popular.

  3. Nikita says:

    Stalin gaining such popularity in Russia, especially the positive kind, is really baffling to me too, so I looked into it a little more. In the article that Dr. Korfhage posted, it is noted that in Russia’s history, its people have often revered “strong personalities.” I think for many Russians, Stalin being a superpower in Russia at one point, outweighs the brutal murder and repression of that period. In addition, Stalin’s involvement in World War II, might have led to people perceiving Stalin as an invincible patriot that was able to successfully repress Nazi Germany. Vladimir Putin holding office, could be another factor in the prevalence of Stalin’s “Russian phenomenon” image, as Stalin’s prior economic control, is much in accordance with the current president’s statist platform. As far as Georgians loving Stalin, it is probably due to the fact that such a powerful and impactful person as Stalin was born there. Many Russians probably equate Stalin with national strength and Russian tradition. However, I still think that Stalin’s achievements cannot be compared with mass murder, and do not come close to negating his enormous and unjustifiable crime.

  4. Madison says:

    While it may be hard for us to understand why so many Georgians admire Stalin, it might make more sense to us if we look at the situation from their own point of view. Stalin was, for many years, one of the most powerful men in the world. He was (and is) one of the most (in)famous Georgians in history. Georgians may look upon him now as a triumph for their small country, and therefore be willing to overlook the heinous crimes he perpetrated. It may be that their admiration for Stalin is wrapped up in patriotism.

    The article also mentioned that 75% of pensioners “have a positive attitude towards Stalin”. It is interesting to consider the reasons why. Perhaps when these people went to school some 50 or 60 years ago, their history books and teachers painted a strictly positive picture of Stalin and his regime. This positive image may have been so deeply ingrained in people that it still influences peoples’ views and perceptions today.

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