16 April 2019, 17:22

Stalin praised in Russia more than ever. Total level of Russians’ approval or indifference towards the dictator reached 77%


The level of approval for the activities of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin by Russians broke the historical record for all the years of research.

This attitude is evidenced by a recent survey of the Russian Levada Center.

The total level of approval or indifference to Stalin reached 77%. 51% of respondents treat him with admiration, respect or sympathy. The number of statements showing respect for Stalin increased by 12%. Since 2015, a decline has been observed in the number of neutral or negative attitudes of Russian citizens towards the dictator.

70% of Russians believe that Stalin played “rather positive” or “entirely positive” role in the life of the USSR. 19% of respondents said that the dictator’s role was negative.

Since 2008, the number of people who consider human casualties that the Soviet people suffered in the Stalin era has been reduced by a quarter: from 60% to 45%.

In 2017, it was reported that 50% of Russians positively evaluated Stalin’s activities as the head of the USSR during World War II, and a quarter of respondents in the Russian Federation considered that Stalin’s repressions were a political necessity, therefore they are historically justified. According to the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs during the period from 1921 to 1954, more than 3.7 million Soviet citizens were repressed.