Over 50 percent (the highest ever) of Russians positively view Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his role in the country’s history, a new poll reveals. According to research conducted by the Levada Center, the share of Russians who regard Stalin with respect has grown 12 percent, while the share of those who perceive the Soviet leader indifferently or negatively decreased by almost three times since 2015. As many as 70 percent consider Stalin’s role in the country’s history “rather positive,” praising him for defeating Nazism. Meanwhile, 19 percent say he played a negative role.
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