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Stalin was not an an antitheist. He more than any Communist leader revived the Orthodox faith, for largely pragmatic and cynical-nationalist reasons admittedly but he allowed the Church to revive in such a big way that Khruschev had to mount a new anti-religious campaign to get them back down to acceptable numbers. Stalin was an atheist of course but it's imprecise to call him an anti-theist without full attention to context or his overall centrist attitude towards reviving continuity with the Old Regime to create new legtimacy, Stalin in his time persecuted and limited minority religions in the soviet union far more than he did the Orthodox faith (in this he was opposite to Lenin). And yes, he was an anti-semite but I wouldn't say the Doctor's Plot was an attempted genocide, just another round of purges.
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Stalin was not an an antitheist. He more than any Communist leader revived the Orthodox faith, for largely pragmatic and cynical-nationalist reasons admittedly but he allowed the Church to revive in such a big way that Khruschev had to mount a new anti-religious campaign to get them back down to acceptable numbers. Stalin was an atheist of course but it\'s imprecise to call him an anti-theist without full attention to context or his overall centrist attitude towards reviving continuity with the Old Regime to create new legtimacy, Stalin in his time persecuted and limited minority religions in the soviet union far more than he did the Orthodox faith (in this he was opposite to Lenin). And yes, he was an anti-semite but I wouldn\'t call the Doctor\'s Plot a genocide, nor do scholars recognize it as such.
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Equating/Comparing Hitler and Stalin is not just a parlour game. It has deadly real-world consequences. As [[http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/05/21/an-open-letter-to-yale-history-professor-timothy-snyder/ Dovid Katz points out here]], it allows everyone who got repressed under Stalin to be pardoned and paints the soldiers who fought alongside the Red Army, including holocaust survivors and persecuted Jews who became partisans, to suddenly be labelled
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Equating/Comparing Hitler and Stalin is not just a parlour game. It has deadly real-world consequences. As [[http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/05/21/an-open-letter-to-yale-history-professor-timothy-snyder/ Dovid Katz points out here]], it allows everyone who got repressed under Stalin to be pardoned and paints the soldiers who fought alongside the Red Army, including holocaust survivors and persecuted Jews who became partisans, to suddenly be labelled \"war criminals\" by nationalists in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, many of whom in turn glorify the people who collaborated with Nazis and honour Waffen-SS soldiers. So I am actually okay with an \"Edit Lock\" in future for this if it comes to that.
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