Russia: Polishing the Escutcheons

The Soviet view of history has always been that it exists only in the eye of the beholder—or at any rate, the holder of power. To fall from favor was to fall from sight—to become an "unperson," who, as far as official comment was concerned, might as well have never existed. But the post-Khrushchev leadership of Brezhnev and Kosygin seems determined to give Russians a more honest glimpse of some tarnished heroes of the past.

First to be rehabilitated was Joe Stalin himself, whom Nikita had savagely pulled down in the official myth...

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