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Many Stalinists of today

The Red Soul
Regissør: Jessica Gorter

Through interviews, observations and archive films we gain insight into the marvelous and widespread Stalin worship in today's Russia.

Up to the 1960 years, the map of Russia was covered with dots that marked GUlag-driven forced labor camps for criminal prisoners – ranging from thieves to political prisoners. The number of prisoners in these reached the peak under Josef Stalin's rule, and millions of people have disappeared without a trace, despite their families' attempts to uncover what happened to them. The GUlag prisoners often worked themselves to death, and it was they who built much of today's Russia – especially the large industrial cities in the Arctic, such as Norilsk, Vorkuta and Magadan. Bone remains are still found for people on the ground where the bodies of deceased prisoners were dumped. How, then, is it possible that a large part of Russia's population still views Stalin as a national hero? That they gather in the streets of Russian cities, bearing portraits of him, to show his support for his vision for Russia? One interviewed in the documentary claims that the Stalin supporters make up over half of the population.

Fascinating people. Gorter searches for answers through interviews, observations and archival recordings of an appropriate sample of people, all of whom are astounding in their own way: the secret nostalgics of the Stalin regime in the Russian countryside; the old ladies who gather and lay flowers at Stalin statues in the cities; children of people who were sent to forced labor camps for no real reason, who are nevertheless unwilling to condemn the regime today; the guests in a television program discussing the pros and cons of Stalin's policies; the young people gathered for a pro-Russian celebration in Crimea; a Stalinist with his own museum dedicated to the former Soviet leader, who answers Gorter's questions on a defensive,. . .

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