Last year, Russian teacher education manuals described the former dictator, Joseph Stalin, as an “effective manager.” Now, a new teacher manual argues the brutal dictator who, most probably, was responsible for the death of over 30 million people, acted rationally in carrying out these deaths because Russia had to be modernized. Teachers are being told the Great Terror of the 1930s when thousands were executed and millions terrorized, that “Stalin did not know who would deal the next blow, and for that reason, he attacked every known group and movement, as well as those who were not his allies or of his mindset.”
Defenders of the manual argue they are not defending the dictator, but simply explaining his motivation. Millions of Russians were killed or sent to camps in Siberia where they were worked to death. One wonders if students will be told how many thousands of brave Russian soldiers who fought in WWII were killed after the war.