Joseph Stalin
Russians Mourn the Death of Stalin the Myth Not the Man

Upon Joseph Stalin’s death on March 5, 1953, Russians share their reaction to his death. Former dissidents such as Lev Kopelev even wept for the corrupt dictator who ruled Russia for over three decades: “It wasn’t the real Stalin that we…that I and others like me mourned in those days. It was the Stalin myth, the Stalin fairytale.” Former bureaucrats describe Stalin’s vicious approach to executing mass numbers of people during his rule and his dictatorial strategies to create his propaganda image.

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