Joseph Stalin's approval rating at record high among Russians

  • 18/04/2019
Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin Photo credit: File

Former Russian leader Joseph Stalin's approval rating is at a record high among Russians.

Current Russian President Vladimir Putin has revived the soviet leader's image, bringing back the Soviet anthem, Soviet-style parades and a Soviet-era medal for labour.

Stalin led the USSR through WWII, and was famous for his brutal rule. He was responsible for the execution of at least 750,000 people. 

More than a million others were sent to forced labour camps.

Seventy percent of Russian respondents told polling organisation the Levada Center in 2019 they believe Stalin played a positive role for Russia.

The percentage of Russians who think Stalin's crimes were unjustified has dropped from 60 percent in 2008, to 45 percent in 2019.

A similar poll in 2016 put Stalin's approval rating at 54 percent.

Stalin was the second leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and was in office until March 5, 1953.