Russia is Facing a Historic Choice: Restalinization or Destalinization
A. A. Chemshit
The article brings up to date the phenomenon of Stalinism both in a retrospective manner and in terms of its connection with the present and the future of Russian statehood. The author considers Stalinism as a multi-level system of mobilization projects for creating a society of a qualitatively new type within historically short time space and under extremely unfavorable conditions. In his opinion, Stalinism was able to «catch», shape the national idea of the Soviet people and put it into practice as far as it was possible in those historical conditions. There are grounds for the thesis that Stalinism is the Russian version of social conservatism, which, integrating a rigid right-wing line of policy and a firm left-wing economic policy, is the most appropriate model of state-political administration for the Russian mentality and conditions. The political agenda of Russia needs a substantial shift to the right, while the economic policy requires a radical turn to the left. Return to social conservatism implies restalinization meaning not the revival of heavy-had regime of state administration but rather developing a policy aimed at achieving national greatness and social justice, which means the focus on the national idea of the Russian world.
destalinization, restalinization, national idea, model of state-political administration, political agenda, economic policy, social conservatism