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For more than 12 hours, the dictator lay crumpled on the floor of the darkened dining room in his pajamas, unable to move or cry for help, a copy of Pravda beside him and a bottle of mineral water on the table above. There was a look of horror in his eyes when servants finally found him. Josef Stalin, hailed as the genius of the nation, the father of the homeland and the immortal genius, was dying of a brain hemorrhage.
July 30, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A bronze statue of Soviet-era dictator Josef Stalin will soon rise five stories over the museum dedicated to his brutal legacy in the small Georgian town of Gori, where he was born in 1878, the Culture Ministry in the former Soviet republic announced Tuesday. The 20-foot-tall statue was toppled in the dark of night from its 30-foot pedestal three years ago as vestiges of the totalitarian era in the Caucasus republic were eradicated by pro-Western President Mikheil Saakashvili . It has since been lying on the grounds of a military base in Gori.
January 12, 1992 | DAVID GRITTEN, David Gritten is a frequent contributor to Calendar, based in London. and
Economic hardship, lengthening food lines, a failed coup attempt and the very dissolution of their country--people here have had quite enough problems recently. But now Stalin and Lenin, those twin pillars of a dark communist era that's just come to a dramatic close, have once more been strutting around Red Square. Art and life have been colliding here since the arrival of the cast and crew of "Stalin," a three-hour, $7.5-million TV film to be aired by Home Box Office later this year.
April 6, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW — Josef Stalin ruled the Soviet Union for three decades, turning it from a backward agrarian country into a nuclear superpower — and a land of mass murder, political repression and gulags. After his communist successors acknowledged the brutality of his reign, Stalin's body was removed from its place of honor in a Red Square mausoleum and buried under the cover of darkness beneath the walls of the Kremlin. The harsher details of that history lesson might be lost on some Russian students, however, now that Stalin's face graces the covers of school notebooks that recently went on sale in Moscow and have become an immediate bestseller.
December 29, 1991 | KRISTINE McKENNA, Kristine McKenna is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Josef Stalin died 38 years ago, but his shadow lingers over the people he forced into submission for 31 years. Establishing a link between Stalin, the history of oppression in the former Soviet Union and the problems the people there face as they stumble toward freedom is the focus of "The Inner Circle," a new film by Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky. Based on an idea that came to Konchalovsky more than 20 years ago when he met a film projectionist who had worked for Stalin, the film is a loosely fictionalized version of the life of Alexander Ganshin, a simple working-class man, played in the film by Tom Hulce, who screened movies for Stalin from 1935 until his death in 1953 and thus became a member of Stalin's envied and feared inner circle.
February 29, 1988 | From Reuters
Josef Stalin's feared police chief, Lavrenti P. Beria, went on a hunger strike before his 1953 trial and begged on his knees for mercy before he was shot, a government newspaper reported over the weekend. Eyewitness accounts, published in the weekend supplement of Izvestia, provided dramatic details never before released of the fall of the man known as "the Kremlin Monster" and said that unlike many of Stalin's purge victims, he refused to plead guilty.
February 8, 1990 | Reuters
A square in the north Moravian town of Pribor that once honored Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is to be renamed after the Czechoslovak town's most famous son, Sigmund Freud. The state CTK news agency said an opinion poll shows that most of its inhabitants wanted Stalin Square to be named after the founder of psychoanalysis.
November 15, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Supreme Soviet publicly restored the rights of national minorities deported from their homelands under dictator Josef Stalin. But the national Parliament stopped short of granting them compensation or allowing them all to return. Lawmakers approved a declaration acknowledging that the rights of hundreds of thousands of Volga Germans, Crimean Tatars and other minorities had been violated and should be restored in full.
November 3, 1987 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev told the Soviet people Monday that Josef Stalin committed "enormous and unforgivable" crimes in the 1930s, and he announced that a top-level commission has been set up to investigate them and exonerate their victims. At the same time, Gorbachev praised Stalin's decision to collectivize farming and proceed with rapid, state-controlled industrialization despite the "excesses" and widespread suffering they caused.
March 29, 1988
Josef Stalin had the wives of two Kremlin leaders arrested and sent to prison camps while their husbands continued to be loyal servants of the dictator, Ogonyek magazine told Soviet readers. Although long known in the West, the disclosure in the magazine's April issue represented another effort in Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's campaign to fill in the "blank pages" of Soviet history, primarily the three decades of Stalin's rule. Soviet President Mikhail I.
December 24, 2009
To many of those who remember Ronald Reagan's presidency, his latter-day popularity is a little puzzling. The Republican icon, who like George W. Bush produced skyrocketing federal deficits by advocating tax cuts even as he hiked military spending and -- also like Bush -- promoted laissez-faire regulatory policies that culminated in a home-loan crisis, is today so widely admired that even Democrats such as President Obama frequently praise him....
War is not known to produce many saints, at least not among its policymakers whose decisions often come down to negotiating degrees of horror. World War II is no exception and no other figure makes that so frighteningly clear as Josef Stalin. Almost 20 years after the fall of communism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, conventional wisdom concedes that Stalin was just as brutal a dictator as Adolf Hitler, ruthlessly deporting, imprisoning and murdering millions.
March 30, 2007 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Josef Stalin is speaking to his son Yakov, who has just telephoned to say that he will soon head off to battle the Nazi invaders. "I sometimes was not fair to you. Forgive me. I devoted little time to you," the Soviet dictator apologizes. "Son, go and fight. This is your duty." He then switches to Georgian, the language of his childhood, and adds with even greater feeling: "If you have to die, do it with dignity.
March 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An ad campaign featuring billboards and commercials with images of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin was pulled after protests. The campaign in the eastern Ukraine town of Donetsk came after people stopped paying utility bills following a rate increase. In the television ad, a voice says: "Those who don't pay for their heat should be punished!"
February 19, 2006 | SARAH MENDELSON , THEODORE GERBER, SARAH MENDELSON is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. THEODORE GERBER teaches sociology at the University of WisconsinMadison.
Is Josef Stalin making a comeback among Russia's youth? Researchers Sarah Mendelson and Theodore Gerber recently wrote that many young Russians "do not view Stalin -- a man responsible for millions of deaths and enormous suffering -- with the revulsion he deserves." Here is what their poll of Russians ages 16 to 29 found (excludes those who answered "hard to say"): Stalin was a wise leader. Agree: 51% Disagree: 39% Stalin was a cruel tyrant.
November 25, 2005 | F. Kathleen Foley, David C. Nichols
A mordant fusion of comedy and outrage, "Red Star" is a characteristically bitter offering from British playwright Charles Wood, also notable for the screenplays "Help!" and "The Knack." Wood, who came in on the tail end of the Angry Young Man epoch in British theater, neatly avoids the curmudgeonliness that has afflicted many of his contemporaries. Full of rage and not a little horror, "Red Star" is still a brass-plated hoot.
September 17, 1986
"Two-thirds of American high-school juniors surveyed recently did not know that the Civil War was fought sometime between 1850 and 1900. One-third could not point to Great Britain, West Germany or France on a map. And one-half had never heard the names Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin. . . ." "Remember, these are 17-year-olds--one year short of voting age." Thanks to these quotes from the article by Secretary Bennett, after all these years, we finally know why Ronald Reagan got elected.
February 1, 1990 | From Times wire services
Buyers from West Germany and the United States have offered a Czechoslovak town more than its asking price for a statue of Josef Stalin. The CTK news agency said today that four buyers have bid for the 12-foot statue, advertised last week in a West German newspaper. CTK said buyers are prepared to pay more than the $50,000 asking price. The statue was put in storage during the 1968 Prague Spring reforms but reappeared after the Soviet-led invasion. It was removed again in December.
April 18, 2004 | Richard Lourie, Richard Lourie is the author of the novel "The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin" and of "Sakharov: A Biography."
Stalin is in the air. The Medvedev brothers, Roy and Zhores, neither of whom fared especially well under Soviet communism, have jointly written a revisionist work, "The Unknown Stalin." Just published in English, it depicts him as intelligent, patriotic and a better military leader than most previous biographies have. A few years back, I tried my hand at the dictator's psychology in a novel. This spring, Russian television plans a major special on the private life of Josef Stalin.
August 2, 2003 | From Reuters
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was so outraged at the anti-communism of film star John Wayne that he plotted to have him murdered, according to a new biography of the American actor. "John Wayne -- The Man Behind the Myth" by British writer and actor Michael Munn says that there were several attempts in the late 1940s and early 1950s to kill the man known to audiences around the world as "Duke."
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