- Posted February 2, 2013 by
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Russians Celebrate the Day of the Stalingrad Victory by Launching Special “Stalin-bus” Routes
The action comes within the broader campaign, called "Victory Bus". Within the campaign on the streets of Volgograd there will be five mini-buses with the portrait of Stalin. They will go on a route № 260 between Volgograd and Volga and will run till May, 9.
"This is a nation-wide campaign, the idea that we have decided to support, to remind people of that great victory was won under the command of the Supreme Commander" - said Dmitry Pickalov the "Volga-Media" agency project coordinator in Volgograd.
The action faced doubtful response from Russian population. Joseph Stalin was famous not only for being a commander, but for genocide and dictatorship in the country. Before the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, researchers who attempted to count the number of people killed under Stalin's regime produced estimates ranging from 3 to 60 million. After the Soviet Union dissolved, evidence from the Soviet archives also became available, containing official records of the execution of approximately 800,000 prisoners for either political or criminal offenses, around 1.7 million deaths in the Gulags and some 390,000 deaths during kulak forced resettlement – with a total of about 3 million officially recorded victims in these categories.