Russian town dredges up Stalin statue, old divisions | AFP

The discovery of a Joseph Stalin statue at the bottom of a pond has divided a remote Russian town and dredged up a debate about the Soviet dictator’s legacy.

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Russians remember victims of Stalin’s terror

Hundreds of Russians gather in central Moscow to remember the victims of Stalin’s terror, despite questions over whether city authorities would allow the annual ceremony to go ahead. Participants in the “Return of the Names” event, which has been running for more than a decade, wait in line to read out the names of those killed during the Soviet period of political repression beginning in the 1930s.

Police raid Moscow cinema for showing banned ‘Death of Stalin’

Russian police on Friday raided a Moscow cinema after it screened British comedy “Death of Stalin” in defiance of an official ban. The culture ministry withdrew permission for British director Armando Iannucci’s film, which satirises the death of the dictator, on Tuesday after Russian officials labelled it offensive and “extremist.”

Stalin statue centrepiece of new Berlin exhibition

A statue of Stalin briefly appears on the Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin, before being transported to the former Stasi prison in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. The statue, a reproduction of the original which stood in the German capital from 1951 to 1961, is a central part of the exhibition “Stalin – The Red God” which will open on January 26.

Moscow holds traditional New Year’s ‘Snow Maiden’ parade

A parade in Moscow celebrates Snegurochka, or the Snow Maiden, a Russian folklore character who has been part of Russian New Year’s celebrations since the 1930s when Stalin’s regime encouraged the marking of the New Year in place of Christmas festivities. Snegurochka symbolises frozen waters, embodies purity and kindness and is the grand-daughter and helper to ‘Father Frost’, a Father Christmas-type character.

Remembering 1917: Revolution parade held in Berlin

The 100-year anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia was commemorated with a small privately organised military parade in central Berlin, Tuesday. Soviet-era vehicles were driven through Potsdamer Platz flying Communist flags and bearing images of historical leaders including Stalin and Mao. The event was reportedly registered with authorities under the name ‘Association for the Unilateral Use of Literature and Exceptional Brecht Projects.’ READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8ro7

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Russians honour the victims of Stalin-era purges

Hundreds of Russians gather in central Moscow to honour the victims of Stalin-era purges. Historians estimate about one million people perished in Stalin’s Great Purge in the 1930s out of around 20 million who died under his three-decade rule before his death in 1953.

Crimea: March of the Tatars

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In one of history’s most severe and efficient incidents of mass exile, the Tatars in Crimea were removed from their homeland by Stalin in 1944. Within just three days, 200,000 Tatars were forcibly deported. After spending 50 years in exile, the Tatars returned to their homeland in Crimea at the collapse of the Soviet Union, and have since felt generally protected under Ukrainian rule.

Following a fraudulent and illegal referendum earlier this year on whether to become part of Russia, Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation — a move that brought back painful memories of persecution and oppression for the local Tatar community.

VICE News spent time with Tatars around the time of the commemoration of their exile, and found a community already under pressure from new Russian authorities. It’s unclear what their future will hold under Russian rule again, and many fear that history could repeat itself.

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