Robert Conquest, the legendary historian who first illustrated the true extent of Stalin's crimes, passed away last week. So, it's once again safe for Russia's English-language propaganda outlets to start whitewashing Old Joe:
What, you didn't know the so-called "Holodomor" was actually a giant hoax concocted by the CIA and former Nazi collaborators? Sputnik got together a bunch of fringe "historians" who know what really happened. Or, in this case, didn't happen.
The fringiest character cited by Sputnik is a guy named Grover Furr, author of the seminal classic Blood Lies: The Evidence that Every Accusation Against Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union in Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands Is False. Furr, a professor of English literature at Montclair State University, earned minor notoriety a few years back when he publicly insisted that Josef Stalin was the first guy in 2,000 years untarnished by sin:
Like Arthur Butz, the electrical engineering professor who moonlights as a Holocast "revisionist," Furr uses his expertise in an area other than history as a way to lend credibility to his genocide denial. (The Katyn Massacre? Totally never happened.) Hooray for tenure.
The Russians have gotten pretty good at producing English-language agitprop. Sputnik, as Voice of Russia radio was rebranded a while back, has a slick website, and the RT "news" channel boasts production values close to, if not equal to, CNN. But the content is so blatantly pro-Kremlin propaganda, you'd have to wonder who'd be dense enough to fall for it.
@andrewsberry68 Try Russia Today. Free of Royal Wedding and more objective on Libya than most— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) April 26, 2011
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