By Vladimir Kovalyev
March 17, 2005
For the last couple of months, I have been wondering what is wrong with
theRussian political elite. Its members are behaving like obstinate donkeys
and stupidly dragging their heels on any reconciliation with the Baltic
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have one simple request: that Russia recognize
that Josef Stalin committed crimes against their citizens. In other words,
they are asking the Kremlin to do exactly what Germany did decades ago
in relation toAdolf Hitler.
I was surprised by the government's reluctance. Many members of the
Russian political elite, including President Vladimir Putin, were born
in the 1950s and 1960s, which means that their formative years came during
the era of stagnation under Leonid Brezhnev. Every more or less educated
person in the Soviet Union understood that the way the Soviet rulers ran
the country was wrong, and in the case of Stalin extremely wrong.