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Sunday, 2 November 2008
Stalin as a rational dictator
Stalin's mass killings are often viewed as the acts of a deranged dictator. But according to Konstantin Sonin of the New Economic School in Moscow, such violence may have reflected the Soviet leader's rational efforts to avoid losing power. In this interview with Romesh Vaitilingam, from VoxEU.org, Sonin discusses his research and its implications for thinking about modern day dictators.