Iain MacGregor

Putin is resurrecting Russia’s ‘iron rogues’

A bust of Joseph Stalin on his tomb (Credit: Getty images)

A year before Russia launched its brutal campaign to subjugate Ukraine, I visited a wintry Moscow. It was striking to see how far the capital had moved away from celebrating the cult of the old communist leadership that had dominated the then Soviet Union with an iron fist. The tomb of Lenin by the Kremlin was, of course, still doing good business with tourists.

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