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    Putin Denounces Lenin, Says Stalin Got it Right

    FILE - A woman carries a portrait of Lenin as she walks with the Communist Party members and supporters to place flowers at the Tomb of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, at Moscow's Red Square, Nov. 6, 2014.  On Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the regime of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin and sharply denounced brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government.
    FILE - A woman carries a portrait of Lenin as she walks with the Communist Party members and supporters to place flowers at the Tomb of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, at Moscow's Red Square, Nov. 6, 2014. On Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the regime of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin and sharply denounced brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government.
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the regime of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin and sharply denounced brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government.

    During a meeting Monday with pro-Kremlin activists in the southern city of Stavropol, Putin denounced Lenin and his government for brutally executing Russia's last czar along with all his family and servants,  as well as killing thousands of priests and members of the bourgeoisie.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a regional meeting of pro-Kremlin United Peoples' Front in Stavropol, on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a regional meeting of pro-Kremlin United Peoples' Front in Stavropol, on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.

    Putin suggested that Lenin's ideology was like an "atom bomb" that eventually led to the fall of the Soviet Union. He said Lenin was wrong in his dispute with Josef Stalin, who advocated for a unitary state model while Lenin gave the republics the right to leave the USSR.
     
    “That right [to secession] was the delayed action mine planted under our statehood. This is what caused the country’s eventual breakup," Putin said.
     
    In his comments Monday, Putin said he sincerely believed in the communist ideology while serving in the KGB, the armed wing of the party.
     
    “In contrast to many functionaries I did not throw my membership card away or burn it in public. I still keep it at home,” he said.
     
    He acknowledged, however, “the embodiment of these wonderful ideas in our country was very far from what the Utopian socialists had proclaimed."

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    by: Jake from Albuquerque
    January 26, 2016 1:22 PM
    Putin is trying hard to come off appearing like Uncle Joe...and succeeding better in the West than at home. Stalin was a poorly educated, psychopathic thug. Apart from his career at #2 Dhizerzinsky Square, he's cut from the same cloth.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 26, 2016 12:25 PM
    Depending on whom you ask, the number of people Stalin killed in his Gulag Archipelago was under one million according to one Russian scholar or between 40 and 80 million according to most others. Had he lived longer he might have killed every last person in the USSR. Conspiracy theories about his death abound.

    It seems like Putin is taking up where Stalin left off. Wars of aggression and conquest, impoverishment of all but his cronies, a collapsing economy, and punishment including assassination for all opposition. Like Stalin he's also the object of a cult of personality in Russia. Very popular. They say people get the government they deserve. Why would anyone in his right mind want to be there now?

    by: Tembela
    January 26, 2016 5:56 AM
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. This is always a difference of opinion about the same object/subject. A number of material factors are what one bases their opinion on and my hope here is that we shall all give ourselves time to reflect look back to the past 100 years and the development of society. My opinion is this "the USSR under Lenin supported the struggle for the liberation of the colonised people. That for me as a citizen of an African " colonised" country, is a material factor.

    How President Putin views the various leaders of the USSR is his opinion and I am convinced that he considered his opinion extensiveness especially given that his position on the matter has or migt have a direct impact on the developments in his country. I have not seen the store article nor speech but this noise about Vova's utterances made me put forward these few humble words.

    by: Earthling from: Earth
    January 25, 2016 9:05 PM
    Putin opined "That right [to secession] was the delayed action mine planted under our statehood. This is what caused the country’s eventual breakup."

    That sentiment is just as ignorant as saying that Reagan won the Cold War. The Cold War ended because the Soviet Union finally had a leader who was not willing to employ machine guns against his own people, with that leader being Gorbachev. If Andropov had lived long enough to hand power to his KGB cohort Putin, the USSR would still be with us.

    by: Benam
    January 25, 2016 7:39 PM
    To Anonymous: And Donald Trump?

    by: Eric L from: New Jersey
    January 25, 2016 7:39 PM
    I think Putin has made similar comments in the past year- but I guess he is reaffirming it while still 'forgetting' NovoRossiya.

    It suits him. One must take a long view of World History - starting when Columbus set foot in the Americas. The resulting changes are all-encompassing. To be brief - the USA was founded as a break from dynastic authority - and over the following years has striven not to fall into the human tendency toward strong men and despots. By the early 20th century most leftists believed that revolution would begin in a global leader like the UK or the US.

    Lenin (with the support of German intelligence with the goal of taking Russia out of WW1) sought to disprove them with the Russian Revolution.

    Coming from 'A Brief History of the Russian Revolution' by Richard Pipes - I get the impression that while Lenin and his Bolsheviks struggled to implement a very radical secular republic - Stalin eventually usurped them by combining their ideas with Russian 'folksiness' and the cultural desire for a strong authority figure. The Czarist system was remade with industry and electrical bureaucracy with Stalin as the new Czar.

    When he died the Soviet ideology was strong enough to prevent a dynasty, but eventually the bureaucracy broke down. Now Russians want certainty again and the State has returned to its old habits. Quite unfortunate for everyone.

    by: tom from: United States
    January 25, 2016 7:37 PM
    Stalin was a mere thug and even at the end Lenin did not want him to lead the party.

    by: C L Who
    January 25, 2016 7:23 PM
    Maybe Stalin got the unitary state right, but Lenin had the execution of the czar's family, other "royals" and the bourgeoisie right.

    Kill or be killed.....there was a civil war after the Bolsheviks seized power that lasted for three years. The royalists and bourgeoisie killed their share of communists.

    by: Carlos Matos from: Berlin Germany
    January 25, 2016 6:07 PM
    It´s interesting to see, that nowadays the big Soviet leaders are constantly in the headlines (again). In Germany, where I live, an artistic project has gathered all the incredible stories of the last statues of Lenin still standing in Germany: There are some amazing stories! Check it at www.leninisstillaround.com

    by: Anonymous
    January 25, 2016 6:03 PM
    Putin is just as sociopathic and paranoid as Stalin was and equally as malignant. He should have been taken out long ago.
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    by: Dan
    January 25, 2016 7:29 PM
    If not for Stalin your flag would have a Swastikas on it.
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    by: Igor from: USA
    January 25, 2016 7:16 PM
    Anonymous ... I'm sure many feel the same about you as you stated about Mr. Putin.

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