How the younger Russian generation views Lenin, Stalin, and Gorbachev?

Gil from Boston asked:
How the younger Russian generation views Lenin, Stalin, and Gorbachev?

Hello Gil!

First we must establish what ‘younger generation’ stands for. I am thirty; do I count? Let’s pretend I do.

"What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet"


I was born in 1984 so went to school in 1991 when USSR started dissolving. I wanted to be a pioneer, or at least a Little Octobrist.

From the books I’ve read in the childhood I knew I would be a good girl if I make into a pioneer. But I couldn’t even become a Little Octobrist! USSR went down before I went to school. No Octobrist pins were given away then. I had red pioneer tie at home but I couldn’t wear it proudly because first you have to give oath and be chosen from other children by almighty pioneer organization.

Pioneers were biggest friends of «Granddad Lenin». I had no relations with him. I’ve seen his body in Mausoleum once and was really scared. His face was greenish. I wish they’d buried him and stopped all this mausoleum thing.


I know him as a leader of USSR who was cruel and strict. Some people claim life was better then; I’m sure it wasn’t.


For he he is like some CEO of it-company. He came, he spoke about democratic values, he did some things right and others wrong… and he went away.

This post is an answer to one of The Listserve replies I’ve got.
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