@troik08 the world is not divided into good and evil, and he was neither good nor bad. Perhaps he went too far in certain matters, now it may seem obvious, but then there was a different time. I’m not going to either justify or blame him, let those who studied that period do it.
@mwotaji Okay, I just wanted to know from the Russian point of view. Maybe I haven't made it clear. Obviously I know that world isn't divided into good and evil. I just wanted to know if the Russian people has a good impression about him. And if I wanted a opinion from reseachers, surely I wouldn't ask this question on HiNative, but elsewhere. 😅
He was a great leader for those times. I believe that most (but not all) of his actions and policies were adequate resulting in the greater good. There is however many lies about him: external, that was a result of cold war propaganda from the west and internal, that was created as a result of interpolitical struggle in the Soviet Union. It does not mean however, that he is what Russia needs right now, since our current state of affairs is not the same as the one under his rule.
@Mishchenko Okay, but I'm asking a question about Stalin. If you want to ask the opinion of Poles and Czechs about Hitler, feel free, I'm not stopping you, and much less obliging you to answer my question. So, if you don't want it... bye!
I don’t like him, because a lot of my ancestors and their relatives were repressed during his reign. Some of them were exiled and others were sentenced to death only because of their ethnicity. Talking about the WWII, i don’t think, that he was a great commander, because the Soviet Union had much more casualties among soldiers than any other country.
I think there are different opinions about him in our country. For the large part of the eldest people, he was really great person, especially for that, who were communists. The next large part of people - that, who had relatives or friends were repressed and killed in prisons, and the intelligentsia, intellectuals of those times, and my generation (children of 1970-1980). They think about Stalin as a cruel dictator with a contradictory contribution to history. If talking about young people, I really don't know, what are they thinking about him. For them, it is very far away in the past. And I haven't read modern schoolbook yet, so can't say how it describes Stalin.