The unhistory man
Archived Articles 04 Sep 2009  EWR
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Russia should do more to condemn Stalin’s crimes—for its own sake
From The Economist September 3rd print edition


EVERY country highlights the good bits in its history and ignores the bad. Russia’s keenness that none should forget the great sacrifices its people made in the second world war—it did more than any other country to defeat the Nazis—is therefore understandable. Yet its determination to whitewash the darker bits of its past goes far beyond normal image-polishing and ranks among the most sinister features of Vladimir Putin’s ten years as Russia’s dominant political force.

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