After reading this story, I think it’s safe to say the Russian’s policy of glasnost has reached its expiration date.
One would hope Germany doesn’t follow suit with a commemoration of Hitler Day, even though comparatively, Stalin was the worse fiend.
The southern Russian city where the Red Army decisively turned back Nazi forces in a key World War II battle will once again be known as Stalingrad, at least on the days commemorating the victory.
The city was renamed Volgograd in 1961 as part of the Soviet Union’s rejection of dictator Joseph Stalin. But the name Stalingrad is inseparable with the historic battle, which was among the bloodiest in history with combined losses of nearly 2 million people.
In addition, authorities in Volgograd, St. Petersburg and the Siberian city of Chita ordered images of Stalin to be put on city buses on Feb. 2 to commemorate the historic battle.
You know, instead of Stalin and his cheesy mustache on buses, why not paste Georgy Zhukov’s stache-less visage there? Zhukov was the architect of the Stalingrad victory, led the Soviets to triumphs in Moscow and Kursk, and didn’t murder millions of his fellow citizens.