Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin and the regime rightly accused of crimes against their own people. The head of state said in his article about the great Patriotic war, published in The National Interest.

Speaking about the role of the USSR and Stalin personally in the great Patriotic war, Putin noted that the Russian people remember about the crimes of the Stalinist regime.

“We remember the crimes of the regime against its own people, and about the horrors of mass repression,” writes the President in the article.

According to him, Stalin and his entourage deserve many of the accusations and blame in many things, but not “lack of understanding of the nature of the external threats.” Soviet leaders saw that the Soviet Union tried to leave one-on-one against Germany and its allies, and on this basis tried to gain time to strengthen the defense of the country before the war. With this purpose was signed the famous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Germany non-aggression.

At the same time, Putin said that Stalin was “outed himself” the personal meeting with Adolf Hitler in contrast to leaders of other countries-allies of the USSR, for which the German Fuehrer was “respected politician” and “welcome”.

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