Honoring Stalin The Comeback of a Soviet Dictator

After he died in 1953, Stalin was quickly erased from the public eye in the Soviet Union. These days, though, he is making a comeback, with statues and plaques honoring the dictator going up throughout Russia. Why are people honoring a mass killer?
A bust of Stalin in the studio before its unveiling in Novosibirsk.

A bust of Stalin in the studio before its unveiling in Novosibirsk.

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Alexei Denisyuk together with Ruslan Laptev at a fundraiser for a Stalin statue in Novosibirsk.

Alexei Denisyuk together with Ruslan Laptev at a fundraiser for a Stalin statue in Novosibirsk.

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Stalin souvenirs on offer in Novosibirsk.

Stalin souvenirs on offer in Novosibirsk.

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Ruslan Laptev hates Putin and says he should be "shot on Red Square."

Ruslan Laptev hates Putin and says he should be "shot on Red Square."

Foto: Max Sher/ DER SPIEGEL
The Stalin bust in Novosibirsk was unveiled on Victory Day, May 9.

The Stalin bust in Novosibirsk was unveiled on Victory Day, May 9.

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