A picture taken in Donetsk on October 17, 2015, shows people walking past a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on an advertising board. AFP PHOTO/ALEXEY FILIPPOV
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Three portraits of former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin are on display in the center of Donetsk, the rebel capital of eastern Ukraine, as the separatist authorities fuel a mood of Soviet nostalgia.It's our history and a lot of people have forgotten he even existed," said Yekaterina, a 22-year-old student.The previously taboo display comes as the rebels revive Soviet customs to cement their Moscow-backed rule – while glossing over Stalin's atrocities.Stalin portraits have become de rigueur in the offices of rebel officials in eastern Ukraine, where the separatist conflict has killed more than 8,000 people.Across Ukraine, the authorities have already pulled down numerous Lenin statues, much to the rebel leaders' disgust.In forging a new identity for the separatist region, the rebels have largely turned to the Soviet past.Such idealization of the Soviet era by the authorities comes with a denial of anything that spoils the rosy image.
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