Stephen F. Cohen


On his book The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag After Stalin

Cover Interview of February 13, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“One of the great—but virtually unknown—tragedies of the 20th century.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Despite the monstrous crimes recounted in the book, some 50% of Russians surveyed today nonetheless consider Stalin to have been ‘a great leader.’  I try to explain why this has happened—and what it may mean for Russia’s future.  It is not due to Putin’s rule, as the US media regularly asserts.”

On the second:

“The faces of the victims need to be seen.”