A century after the Bolshevik Revolution, Russia has its tsar

On the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution, the Washington Post runs a piece addressing Putin’s evasive stance on the revolution as well as divisive issues of Soviet history. Putin’s ambivalence reflects how he strays from his Soviet predecessors in his embrace of Russian nationalism and the Orthodox Church, yet shares their distaste for dissidents and civil society. Putin’s repression of dissidents also leads some to brand him as the new Russian tsar.


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