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Everything old is new again. And capitalist Russia is seemingly catching socialist Stalin fever all over again.
Sixty years after the death of the dictator who murdered millions, his reputation seems to be having a bit of a “rehabilitation.”
In a recent poll, 47 percent of Russians said Stalin was a "wise leader who brought the Soviet Union to might and prosperity.” And on Wednesday, May Day parades in Russia celebrated Stalin – and none other than President Putin invoked his legacy in a ceremony.
You see, Stalin was the first to be named a Soviet “Hero of Socialist Labor.”
Some 20,000 people were so honored after him. But then, like the USSR, the awards ended abruptly in 1991. But 22 years later, this May Day, Putin revived the tradition, bestowing honors now simply called “Hero of Labor.”
Mr. Putin said recently of his own regime "I don't see any elements of Stalinism here."
Well, we could point to one.