The Special Counsel investigation into the nature and extent of the Russian government’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election … has … united the socialists of the Democratic Party with neo-conservative elements in the GOP prompting a new wave of Russophobia reminiscent of the Cold War.
… we should not confuse or conflate Russian President Vladimir Putin with Soviet leaders, such as Josef Stalin. They are as different as the proverbial chalk and cheese … Nowhere is this more evident than the way in which Putin has shown himself to be a great admirer of the anti-Soviet dissident, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn … Mr. Putin was prepared to listen to Solzhenitsyn’s wisdom, and to discuss it with him in person, whereas the communist old guard had sought to silence him.
In October 2010, it was announced that The Gulag Archipelago would become required reading for all Russian high school students. In a meeting with Solzhenitsyn’s widow, Mr. Putin described The Gulag Archipelago as “essential reading”: “Without the knowledge of that book, we would lack a full understanding of our country and it would be difficult for us to think about the future.” ….