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Putin, once critical of Stalin, now embraces Soviet dictator's tactics

Putin, once critical of Stalin, now embraces Soviet dictator's tactics

Only six years ago, President Vladimir Putin visited the Polish port of Gdansk, birthplace of the Solidarity movement that threw off Soviet domination, and reassured his Eastern European neighbors that Russia had only friendly intentions. Putin spoke harshly that day of the notorious World War II-era pact that former Soviet leader Josef Stalin had signed with Adolf Hitler — an agreement that cleared the way for the Nazi occupation of Poland and Soviet domination of the Baltics — calling it a "collusion to solve one's problems at others' expense." But Putin's view of history appears to have undergone a startling transformation. Last month, the...

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