Almost two thirds of the population of Russia support installation of commemorative plaques and monuments dedicated to J.V. Stalin

The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VCIOM) last July 20 presented research data on the study of Russians’ attitude toward placing memorable signs for Joseph Stalin.

Public opinion on the placement of memorable signs has been formed quite clearly today: more than half of Russians (62 per cent) agreed with the opinion that boards, busts, pictures, etc., telling about Stalin’s successes, should be placed in public places.

It is interesting that the main motive for agreeing with the installation of attributes containing some information about Stalin is the argument for observing the historical truth. Young people are more active than others are “in favour” on all issues – 70-74 per cent of respondents at the age of 18-34 believe that it is necessary to install memorable signs glorifying state successes. Stalin.

When asked why you think it is necessary to place commemorative insignia dedicated to Stalin, the majority (57 per cent) answered that this is part of our history and children should know about it, 18 per cent answered that thanks to Stalin the Soviet Union won the Great Patriotic War, others believe that he raised the country, made it great (eight per cent), he is a great leader, a great man (five per cent).


The research was commented on by the head of the practice of political analysis and consulting by VTsIOM: “The data obtained are predictable, and this is determined by a number of factors. First, the negative attitude towards Stalin in recent years is steadily weakening … Secondly, society is intensifying the request for an objective assessment of the merits of various historical figures. Thirdly, the attentive, respectful attitude to the history of the country is strengthened. All this determined the fact that most Russians do not object to the installation of certain memorable signs dedicated to Stalin.”

More about the results of the survey

Stalin still remains the leader in the survey of Russians about the most outstanding personalities in history

Moscow (June 26, 2017) – The sociologists of the Levada Center asked Russians to name the most outstanding people of all time and in the first five were Joseph Stalin (38%), Vladimir Putin and Alexander Pushkin (34% each), Vladimir Lenin (32%), and Peter I (29%).

During the same survey in 2012, the first five places were taken by the same individuals, but their names were located in a different order. In the first place was also Stalin (42%), followed by Lenin and Peter I (37% each), Pushkin (29%) and Putin (22%).

This year, Yuri Gagarin (20%), Leo Tolstoy (12% versus 24% in 2012), Georgy Zhukov (12%), Ekaterina II and Mikhail Lermontov (11% each) entered the top ten of the rating, the Levada Center informs.

In the second ten of the rating: Mikhail Lomonosov, Alexander Suvorov, Dmitry Mendeleev (10% each), Napoleon I (9%), Leonid Brezhnev (8%), Albert Einstein, Sergei Yesenin, Mikhail Kutuzov, Isaak Newton (7% each) and Mikhail Gorbachev (6%).

The sum of percentages of all answers exceeds 100%, since the respondents themselves named the names and could indicate several variants of the answer.

The poll was conducted on April 7-10 among 1,600 people aged 18 and over in 137 settlements of 48 regions of the Russian Federation.


In the Moscow Law Academy, the memorial plaque of IV. Stalin was restored. The memorial board says that on June 17, 1924, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin presented a report on the results of the Thirteenth Congress of the RCP (B.) at a meeting of course attendees and secretaries of the regional committee of the RCP (B.). It was established on the 20-XII of 1949.

In the press center of the Moscow State Law University named after O.E. Kutafina (MGUA) it was reported that the memorial plaque with a mention of the speeches in the 1st hall of the University in 1924, J.V. Stalin was established in accordance with the current and to the present day of the legislation of the RSFSR on the protection of cultural monuments in the RSFSR.


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