45% of Russians believe national greatness justified “sacrifices” made under Stalin

Petrov says this sentiment which stems from the country’s leaders – who long for the days when the USSR were a world superpower – has filtered down to many everyday Russians.

Now 45 per cent of people believe ‘sacrifices’ sustained by people under Stalin were justified by the country’s great goals, according to a study by the respected Levada Centre pollster.

That number is up from 27 per cent in October 2008 while the number of people who viewed Stalin negatively fell to 20 per cent from 43 per cent in 2001.