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Why Did People Grieve on Stalin's Death?

EXTRACT FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Orlando Figes, The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia (Penguin, 2007), pp. 523-7.

..."I do not know how to give an accurate description of the scene - or even how to put it into words. Not everybody cried, not everybody sobbed, but somehow everybody showed some deep emotion. I could sense a kind of spiritual convulsion inside every person who passed by at the very moment they first saw Stalin in his coffin"... [FULL TEXT 1209 WORDS]

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