Russia to Criminalise Comparing Stalin to Hitler

Russia is to criminalise comparisons of Stalinism with Nazism, president Vladimir Putin has said. "I agree with your suggestion," he told Russian MP Elena Yampolskaya, who proposed it at a cultural event, Kommersant reports.
"God himself ordered us, probably, to include appropriate mechanisms to protect the very recent past," Putin said.

The European Parliament has declared 23 August as a "European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism".