Well, this is definitely troubling.
Apparently, these Stalin-loving notebooks are selling like freaking hotcakes in Moscow. Yeah. That’s Joseph Stalin. As in the ruthless dictator of Soviet Russia who is responsible for the ethnic cleansing, famine, and the murderous Gulag labor camps that were solely responsible for the death of anywhere between 3 to 60 million people.
These notebooks are being sold in crazy numbers as a part of a stationary series which is supposed to highlight the “Great Names of Russian History.” That’s like naming Hitler as a German school mascot. Or naming an Italian pizza after Mussolini. It’s creepy and scary on a very basic, human level.
I’m not even sure what part of this weird thing is creeping me out the most. I mean, should the Russian government even allow for the memory of Stalin to be associated with anything “great” or patriotic? For God’s sake, the great bulk of Stalin’s evil was committed in Russia upon the Russian people! So what the hell?
Or is this creepy because of the fact that, at the end of the day, these notebooks really are a top-selling item and are literally flying off the shelves of the bookstores that sell them? That means that HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people are actually buying into the insane idea that Stalin is one of the “Great Names of Russian History!”
Whenever I find out about these kinds of scary things, I just find myself more and more confused with the state of humanity itself. I mean, when a government allows one of the most evil and murderous men in human history to be valorised in this way, and when there are thousands of people that are actively participating in and paying money to honor a man who was solely responsible for the biggest tragedy their country has ever seen (and one of the greatest crimes in all history), it has to make you wonder.
All my love!