Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Russian Exam

In Russia, psychiatry is for sane people:
Some of Russia's leading cultural figures say Dmitriev was framed because his focus on Stalin's crimes - he found a mass grave with up to 9,000 bodies dating from the Soviet dictator's Great Terror in the 1930s - jars with the latter-day Kremlin narrative that Russia must not be ashamed of its past.

The narrative has taken on added importance ahead of a March presidential election which polls show incumbent Vladimir Putin, who uses his country's World War Two victory when Stalin was in charge to bolster national pride, is on track to win.

Putin asserted last year that what he called an "excessive demonization of Stalin" was being used to undermine Russia.

Dmitriev faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges, which he denies.
Of course he'd have to be crazy to deny that he was crazy...

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