Russians blame Stalin for WW II losses: Opinion poll
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26
Moscow: Most Russians blame the Soviet leadership under dictator Joseph Stalin for the huge losses of life the country suffered during the World War II, an opinion poll suggested today.

More than half of (51 percent) Russians believe that the Soviet leadership was caught napping when Nazi Germany attacked the USSR, the Interfax reported, quoting an opinion poll conducted by the independent pollster Levada-Centre ahead of the 69th anniversary of Nazi Germany?s attack on USSR on June 22.

Most of the 1,600 Russians polled in May said Stalin erred by purging the military of top officials, failing to prepare for combat and abandoning millions of Soviet prisoners of war.

Over 27 million Soviet citizens, mostly ethnic Russians had died in the bloodiest war of the 20th century remembered in the former Soviet Union as the "Great Patriotic War".

When asked to identify the guilty of such huge losses, 30 percent Russians named Stalin personally and 20 percent named the Soviet leadership and the Communist Party, of which the dictator was the leader at the time.

51 percent Russians still believe that victory of the allied forces was a victory of the Soviet Union, while 45 percent agrees that it was the victory of anti-Hitler coalition of which besides USSR, US, Britain and France were also members.


First Published: Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26

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