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Carnegie survey finds that dictator Josef Stalin is still widely admired in ex-Soviet nations

An opinion survey commissioned by the Carnegie Endowment has revealed that Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has remained widely admired in Russia and other ex-Soviet nations despite his repressions that killed millions of people.

The Carnegie report released Friday was based on the first-ever comparative opinion polls in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It has found that support for Stalin in Russia has actually increased since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

The report has concluded that public attitudes to the dictator have warmed up during Russian President Vladimir Putin's 13-year rule as the Kremlin has found Stalin's image useful in its efforts to tighten control.

An even higher admiration of Stalin is seen in his homeland, Georgia, where 45 percent of respondents expressed a positive view of him.