A record 70 percent of Russians approve of Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s role in Russian history, according to a poll published by the independent Levada Center pollster on Tuesday.
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Seventy percent of Russian respondents told the Levada Center in 2019 that Stalin played a positive role for Russia.
A record low of 19 percent viewed Stalin’s role negatively, down from 32 percent in 2016.
The share of Russian respondents who said Stalin’s crimes were unjustified has decreased from 60 percent in 2008 to 45 percent this year, Levada said.