Dec 1, 2008

The Amazing, Vanishing Gulag

The IHT reports on an unsettling trend in Russia (long in the making): The less anyone knows about Stalin's Terror, the better.

To historians like Trenin, the closing of these archives reflects a larger truth. The country, they say, has never fully grappled with and exposed the sins of communism, never embarked on the kind of truth and reconciliation process pursued by other countries, like South Africa, after regimes were overthrown.

Apparently, official archives controlled by the FSB and the Interior Ministry now "reject requests for access by citing a need to protect state secrets and personal privacy," especially the privacy of Stalin's victims...who are neatly forgotten.


Ern said...

Stalin's victims? You mean Stalin's patriots. Those people willingly moved to hell on earth for a daily crust of bread for the country!

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Ah, "Socialism in Our Time" it.


Priscilla said...

The chap is definitely just, and there is no doubt.