Stalin still sells. In Moscow-based independent pollster Levada Center’s latest representative survey on the ten most outstanding personalities “of all times and all nations,” published at the end of June, 38 percent of 1600 respondents in Russia included Stalin in their lists. Putin and Pushkin were each named by 34 percent, followed closely by Lenin. The first non-Russian name on the list was the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, mentioned by 9 percent of interviewees.
What are the reasons for Stalin´s ongoing popularity? What does this popularity tell about a possible Re-Stalinization in Russia? And which role does the Soviet dictator have within the current state-controlled and funded culture of remembrance?
The guest contribution tries to give answers to these questions.