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Putin's Words Reminiscent of Stalin

The words used by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in public statements and speeches are reminders of a dark period in Russia’s past. For many, the dismissive way Putin speaks of his enemies, his insistence on complete loyalty, and his iron-fisted control of facts and information all bring Joseph Stalin to mind. Stalin inflicted a reign of terror on Russia during the 1930s and 40s, ordering the arrest, exile, or killing of huge numbers of his own citizens. Listen to a journalist explain the parallels between Putin and Stalin and what they might mean for the future of Ukraine.


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