Millions of people died in Soviet gulags during Stalin's reign of terror. A museum in Moscow has taken on the mission of telling their stories. Can it help Russians in the age of Putin come to term with their troubled past?
Seventy-five years ago, the surrender of Nazi Germany's Sixth Army marked the end of the Battle of Stalingrad. It was a major turning point in the war, and remains important for many Russians to this day.
The Russian government has banned screenings of a British comedy about Josef Stalin. In doing so, it incapacitates the Russian people and stifles any possibility of dealing with the past, says DW's Miodrag Soric.
A successful leader at the height of his power: This is how Russia's president Vladimir Putin is presenting himself. His re-election was unquestionable — and the possible consequences are worrying.
The film sheds a comic light on the power struggle after Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. A group of officials and film directors said the film was "extremist" and "aimed at humiliating the Russian people."
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