Vladimir Putin’s Red Scare? Communists Surge In Russia

Last September, in a result that shocked Russia’s carefully controlled political system, the Communist Party’s Sergei Levchenko was elected governor of east Siberia’s Irkutsk region, defeating his rival from the ruling United Russia party.

When Vladimir Obukhovsky speaks of Josef Stalin, his voice drops a tone in reverence. The 23-year-old is too young to remember life under the Soviet dictator—let alone Russia’s Communist system—but he yearns to see the red flag fly over the Kremlin once more. “Communism is the sole system under which our country had it all,” says…

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