Decades after USSR fell, Stalinist crimes still divide Russia

Andrei Kolesnikov laid out the letters his grandfather sent home from the Stalinist labour camp where he eventually died after eight years as a political prisoner. "It was an everyday case, so common for that period," political analyst Kolesnikov told AFP in his Moscow flat. "My grandfather David Traub was caught up under the wheel of history." It has been eight decades since the start of the Great Terror that saw countless innocent victims across the Soviet Union executed or sent to the Gulag camps -- and 25 years since the USSR itself finally ceased to exist. But a fight over the historical truth -- and memory -- of the crimes of the Soviet regime still drags on in Russia as the current authorities under President Vladimir Putin stand accused of trying to minimise the dark chapters of the past in a bid to bolster their own grip on power. Earlier this month

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