An elderly holds a portrait of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin inside a church in Stalin's native town of Gori, some 80 km from the capital Tbilisi, on March 5, 2013, during ceremonies to mark the 60th anniversary of Stalin's death. Russia marks today 60 years since the death of Stalin with attitudes split about whether to view him as a tyrant who slaughtered millions or a national saviour who helped turn the country into a global superpower that emerged victorious in World War II. AFP PHOTO /VANO SHLAMOV
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and his Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov (R) walk by the grave of Soviet leader Josef Stalin, while visiting the Russian books festival in Red Square, on June 25, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is not done in eastern Ukraine, NATO's top commander said on Thursday, cautioning that Russia has been building up supplies on its border with Ukraine and keeping its military options open. U.S. General Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander, said the border between Ukraine and Russia was 'wide open,' allowing free movement of equipment and supplies.
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T-shirts with portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Soviet leader Josef Stalin hang in the boutique in pedestrian subway just outside of the Kremlin April, 23, 2015 in Central Moscow, Russia. A Levada Center poll published last month shows that a growing number of Russian citizens regard former Soviet leader Josef Stalin in a positive light. Forty-five percent of respondents said that the sacrifices of the Soviet people under Stalin's rule were justified, whereas two years ago that figure was only 25 percent. And 39 percent of respondents now describe their feelings toward Stalin as 'admiration,' 'kind regards,' or 'sympathy.'.
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A visitor inspects the Gold Star Medal of the Hero of the Soviet Union belonged to Joseph Stalin at a WWII awards exhibition in Moscow on April 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV
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A woman holds the Flag of the Soviet Navy and a portrait of Stalin near the memorial of the heroic defense of Sevastopol (1941-1942) as Crimeans celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on March 16, 2015 in Sevastopol, Crimea . Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which resulted in the annexation of the territory by Russia.
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Picture shows some 'ninots' representing dictators Adolf Hitler (L), Joseph Stalin and Kim Jong-il during the Fallas Festival in Valencia on March 16, 2015. For nearly three weeks the fallas, giant structures made of cardboard portraying current events and personalities, have boomed around the city leading up to Thursday's finale when about 760 ninots (individual figures) will be burned in a last night of revelry, as a tribute to Saint Joseph the saint patron of the carpenters' guild . AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN
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A man holds a portrait of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as he attends a memorial service on March 5, 2015, at a church in Gori, west of Tbilisi, to mark the 62nd anniversary of Stalin's death. While historians blame Stalin for the deaths of millions in purges, prison camps and forced collectivization, many in Russia still praise him for leading the Soviet Union to victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. AFP PHOTO / VANO SHLAMOV