|Vladimir Putin wants to emulate Stalin´s armament policy|
tyrant´s armament policy in the 1930s:
Russia needs a "leap forward" to rejuvenate its sprawling defence industry, Vladimir Putin said on Friday, harkening back to the ambitious industrialisation carried out by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in the runup to the second world war.
Already last October Russia´s human rights commissioner Vladimir Lukin and several human rights activists warned about attempts to give Stalin credit for the policies in the 1930s:
"Thanks to heroic efforts and a total disregard for humanity, our country managed to evolve from a backward agrarian country into a backward industrial one during the Stalin era," Lukin said.
Arseny Roginsky, head of the Memorial rights group, said the least the Russian government can do now is "give a legal appraisal to the crimes of the Soviet regime." Roginsky's group has offered a comprehensive package to help raise public awareness of Stalin's crimes, including suggestions for school curriculums.
Andrei Sorokin, director of the Russian State Archives of Social and Political History, warned that Russia will have no future if it fails to assess its difficult past.
"Russian society has been living in a crisis of public consciousness for the past 25 years," he said.
"Any forward movement or attempts to modernize Russia will fail if we don't work out a consensus on our attitudes toward the Soviet past."
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By openly favoring a Stalinist style armament program, Vladimir Putin has again shown his total disregard for democratic values.