The Stalin Puzzle: Deciphering Post-Soviet Public Opinion

The Stalin Puzzle: Deciphering Post-Soviet Public Opinion

The Stalin Puzzle: Deciphering Post-Soviet Public Opinion
February 10, 2014
Heinrich Boell Foundation

Joseph Stalin is not yet dead, it would seem. The Soviet leader who was responsible for the deaths of millions over his thirty-year rule still commands worryingly high levels of admiration for a host of reasons. These findings are clear in the first-ever comparative opinion polls on the dictator in the post-Soviet countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia. The surveys, commissioned by the Carnegie Endowment in 2012, suggest de-Stalinization has not succeeded in the former Soviet Union and most post-Soviet citizens have not come to grips with their history.

Table of contents:

  • Foreword for Georgian Edition
  • From the Editor
  • Summary
  • Introduction Thomas de Waal
  • By the Numbers
  • Stalin Is Not Dead: A Legacy That Holds Back Russia Maria Lipman
  • The Archetype of the Leader: Analyzing a Totalitarian Symbol Lev Gudkov
  • Georgia and Stalin: Still Living with the Great Son of the Nation Lasha Bakradze
  • Appendix
  • Contributors
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Heinrich Boell Foundation
  • Yury Levada Analytical Center and CRRC

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