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One of the strange aspects of western media coverage of Russia is the constant attempts to paint Vladimir Putin as an apologist for Soviet tyranny Josef Stalin. Meanwhile, in the real world, he has once-again berated the Soviet leader’s legacy.
The Russian President used an op-ed, published in American foreign policy journal The National Interest and in the Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, to reiterate that the Georgian-born dictator, who led the Soviet Union from the 1920s to 1953, had committed terrible crimes against his own people.
Referring to the role of the USSR in the Second World War, and the personal wartime contribution of its commander-in-chief, Putin noted that the Russian people have not forgotten the terror he unleashed. ‘We remember the crimes committed by the regime