Some so-called people apparently feel that this was a good thing:
Stalin, former dictator of the Soviet Union, has been remembered today by Russian Communists on what would have been his 131st birthday.
His supporters placed four thousand red carnations on his grave beside Kremlin walls.
They had raised 80,000 rubles in a fundraising drive with the slogan 'Two carnations for Comrade Stalin', organiser Igor Sergeyev told the Interfax news agency.
Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov placed the flowers beside a bust of Stalin that stands on his grave.
He called for the 're-Stalinisation' of Russian society in an open letter today, addressed to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Medvedev has criticized the rights abuses of the Soviet era.
Zyuganov said at a news conference today:
"Putin and Medvedev's stability is based on what Stalin and the Soviet authorities created.
"They have not created anything themselves in 10 years."
Under Stalin's rule millions died due to his forced industrialisation, the collectivisation of agriculture and the imprisonment and execution of ideological enemies.
Of course I've never made any secret of the fact that I firmly believe that that the remaining advocates of Communism should have to actually experience the practice of their doctrine from the point of view of the victim. And of course the most efficient way to do this is for each of them to receive one round in the head in the old Soviet style. (Of course it would be best if this is dome while they're in what we could call the larval stage.)