It appears that historical revisionism is alive and well in Russia.
"A giant cross commemorating the victims of Stalin's terror 70 years after the worst of the purges has reached Moscow after a journey from northern Russia.
Russian human rights activists fear that the Gulag and Stalin's crimes are not being properly commemorated by the Russian authorities, and the memory of the victims may be lost to future generations. "
A large number of Stalin's victims were Jewish or Muslim.
In that, he followed in the footsteps of Lenin (and the Czars).
His successors did not deviate from his example.
Erecting a cross to commemorate victims of Russia's communist dictators implies three things:
1. Only Christians were victims.
2. Only Christians are worth commemorating.
3. Only Christians are Russian.
I am not entirely convinced that any of those implications have any validity.
And, given what the Russians are known for (Vodka and Pogroms), I do not think it wise to give Russia's dominant ethnicity of depressed and bloody-minded Slavs yet another reason to drink...... we've seen what happens when they get into a funk.
PS. Any implied stereotype or snarky subtext in the text above applies not just to Russians, but also liberally to Byelorussians and Ukrainians. I'm not biased.