Saturday, September 24, 2005

Stalin: A beginner's guide

A decade after the disintegration of the Soviet empire, the true horrors and consequences of Stalin's regime are coming to light, as Russia begins to confront the horrors of its past.
Stalin certainly has a hold on the popular imagination – his name produces a list of approximately 560,000 pages on Google. Here you will find the very best of the internet sites and books on Stalin, so you can find out why he is increasingly considered the worst dictator of the 20th century. A 29-part Russian comic in the tradition of Judge Dredd, a fantasy of the two dictators battling for supremacy (Stalin wins). Well worth a visit, if only to admire the artwork and appreciate the translation. The thoughts of Marshal Stalin – from 'A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic' to 'When we hang the capitalists, they will sell us the rope we use.'Article about Gruto Parkas, a Stalin-themed amusement park/open-air museum in Lithuania established by a 'canned mushroom mogul'. It is dotted with about 65 bronze and granite statues of former Soviet leaders and their henchmen. 'It combines the charms of a Disneyland with the worst of the Soviet gulag prison camp,' says its founder proudly… Check out for a description of the park and some photographs of it taken in 2001.News of a forthcoming (2005?) computer game that revolves around a plot to assassinate Stalin at a party assembly in autumn 1952. Key features include 'the photorealistic representation of the most prominent Moscow sights: subway stations, the Kremlin, Moscow State University, etc', 'top-secret objects: a military transport underground line, secret labs, underground dug-outs, Stalin's bWebsite devoted to the Japanese punk rock band The Stalin. Its lead singer Michiro Endo says that he chose to name his band after Stalin because he 'is very hated by most people in Japan, so it is very good for our image' and because the name means 'the downside of every good idea'.unker' and 'over 300 types of destroyable objects: book-cases, chairs, ashtrays and so on'.


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