A quarter of respondents have justified the Stalinist repression of political necessity

Photos of people, victims of political repression in the Butovo firing range in Moscow

A quarter of Russians believe that Stalin’s repressions were politically necessary, so they are historically justified. The number of citizens who hold this point of view, for the year decreased by one percent. This is evidenced by the data of the survey “Levada-Center”, published on the website of the organization.

At the same time, 39 percent of respondents said the repression of a political crime that cannot be justified. In 2016 this position is held 45 percent of respondents. At the same time, 13% of nothing have not heard about it (8 per cent in 2016), and 16 percent were undecided (15 percent in 2016).

Half of the participants of the survey believe that now is the organizers and executors of repression should be left in peace for many years, 21 percent of respondents proposed to condemn them, 7 per cent to forgive, and 2 percent to protect against attacks.

While 47 percent of respondents offer less to talk about repression, not to rake up the past, while 38 percent believe that the incident should be actively discussed and not to forget their history.

The survey “Levada-Center” was held from 21 to 24 April. It was attended by 1,600 people in 48 regions. The statistical error does not exceed 3.5%.

According to the survey of Fund “Public opinion”, every second Russian (50 percent) appreciates the work of Joseph Stalin as leader of the Soviet Union during the great Patriotic war. A third of respondents (32 percent) described the role of Stalin as “partly positive and partly negative”, and 8 percent gave a negative assessment of politics, “father of Nations”. In addition, every second Russian appreciates the work of Stalin as leader of the Soviet Union during the great Patriotic war.