Is Josef Stalin making a comeback among Russia’s youth? Researchers Sarah Mendelson and Theodore Gerber recently wrote that many young Russians “do not view Stalin -- a man responsible for millions of deaths and enormous suffering -- with the revulsion he deserves.” Here is what their poll of Russians ages 16 to 29 found (excludes those who answered “hard to say”):
Stalin was a wise leader.
Stalin was a cruel tyrant.
Stalin was directly responsible for the imprisonment, torture and execution of millions of innocent people.
Stalin may have made some mistakes, but he did more good than bad.
Nowadays some people exaggerate Stalin’s role in the repressions.
Stalin deserves credit for the Soviet Union’s defeat of the Nazis.
Monuments to Stalin’s victims should be built.
Monuments to Stalin should be built.
If Stalin were running for president today, would you vote for him?
Which statement do you agree with most?
Democracy is always best:
Authoritarian government is sometimes better:
Does not matter to people like me:
What is the best form of government for Russia today?
Mainly democratic, partly authoritarian:
Mainly authoritarian, partly democratic: