This column by Jay Nordlinger suggests that unearthing mass graves left behind by Josef Stalin, and giving those whose bodies are interned there a reasonable memorial, is a "crime" for which a dissident named Yuri Dmitriev is being persecuted. Now process that a minute; nobody in Germany raises a fuss if someone unearths evidence of the crimes of Hitler. Nobody in Italy raises a fuss when someone produces more evidence of the crimes of Mussolini.
But in Russia today, evidently the minions of Vladimir Putin are seeing the memory of the world's second nastiest mass murderer (after Mao, by the way) as something inviolate. It makes one wonder if Kruschev's denunciation of Stalin in the 1950s was just for show.
Did the Soviet Union really crumble, or did it reorganize? Evidence suggests that it's in the process of reorganization--this case, the rampant drug use among Russian athletes, and more.
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