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Stalin: A History Gap Divides Russia From Its Neighbors

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 6:05 pm (UTC+0)
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In Moscow, adults are snapping up school notebooks for children. Why? The cover has a heroic image of Stalin. The Stalin notebook is part of a “Great Names of Russia” series. On one level, it is depressing that many Russians do not seem to know that “Stalin,” was born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, a Georgian. (Please […]

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