Vladimir Putin: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was no worse than Oliver Cromwell
|Russian President Vladimir Putin|
A very inaccurate comparison from Putin.
Stalin was an evil dictator who betrayed Lenin's revolution and established a military dictatorship which had and has, as much similarity with a socialist state as chalk does to cheese.
Cromwell on the other hand,and whether you like him or not, was responsible for creating the concept of Parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom in place of the "dictatorship" of monarchs with their "divine right of Kings". It should always be remembered that many of the alleged "atrocities" of Cromwell during the Civil wars and the time of the subsequent, Commonwealth, were the result of propaganda, myth and fantasy written by the royalist parties and sympathisers of the royalist cause following the restoration on the monarchy in 1660.
“History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”