The Communist Nations Since 1917

Anna M. Cienciala
Chapter 2.
However, after Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin president at the end of 1999, and Putin was elected president in 2004 for another four years, school textbooks began to be rewritten to give a “positive” senss of the Stalin period (1928-1953). Broadly speaking, this means that his brutal methods of collectivizing Russian agriculture and the terror he waged against alleged enemies, are being justified as necessary for the development of the USSR.


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