The good news is that Russia’s president knows a little something about history:
President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday slammed the Soviet Union as a totalitarian regime that suppressed human rights, in the most damning assessment of the USSR by a Russian leader in recent years.
In an interview with the Izvestia newspaper published two days before Russia marks the 65th anniversary of victory in World War II, Medvedev said the crimes of wartime dictator Joseph Stalin could never be forgiven.
“The Soviet Union was a very complicated state and if we speak honestly the regime that was built in the Soviet Union… cannot be called anything other than totalitarian,” he said.
“Unfortunately, this was a regime where elementary rights and freedoms were suppressed.”
The bad news is that this argument has to be asserted in the first place. One would have thought that it was a given by now.
The worse news is that in stating this argument, the Russian president has revealed that he is at odds with the significantly more powerful Russian prime minister.