Death In The Kremlin: The Evil That Men Do

Joseph Stalin was liquidated last week by the common fate of all men. The event was so big that only the simplest words could form his epitaph: he was the most powerful man of his time—the most feared and hated. He might have boasted in the words of the Roman song honoring Emperor Aurelian:

A thousand, thousand, thousand men I alone, a single man, have killed.

More chilling than the size of the prison empire he built, more terrible than the millions he sent to death or servitude, was the inexorable way he spread—with armies, intrigues and ideologies—a secular religion of evil...

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