Staunton, November 8 – The Kremlin has taken control not only of public discussions about memory of the repressed and not only about any criticism of Stalin but also “criticism of the contemporary exaltation of Stalin,” lest that lead Russians to draw the obvious parallels between the late dictator and Vladimir Putin, according to Irina Pavlova.
One of those involved in this effort, which is nothing less than “a special operation to discredit those who make historical analogies by comparing the Stalinist and Putin regimes” is Russian television journalist Aleksandr Nevzorov who says that the Russian people are to blame for Stalinism (ivpavlova.blogspot.com/2015/11/blog-post.html
the Stalinist mechanism of rule was not simply restored but also modernized, and conspiracy has reached such a level that Stalin would have envied it.” He had a Politburo whose membership was known; Putin has an informal network of people whose exact membership is not (ivpavlova.blogspot.com/2015/07/blog-post_93.html).
While blaming Russians in general, Nevzorov and his ilk blame the Russian intelligentsia in particular. But, according to Pavlova, the intelligentsia deserves blame not because of its work in unmasking Stalin’s crimes but rather because some of its members have now joined the campaign to revive Stalin and Stalinism (ivpavlova.blogspot.com/2015/07/blog-post_55.html).
And in addition, she says, the Russian intelligentsia deserves blame because its focus on one aspect of Stalinism has had the effect, desired by the Kremlin, of distracting attention from any discussion of the mechanisms of Stalinist power. Were those discussed, it would be obvious how much Putin has in common with the late dictator.