You have to respect people who defend the proud name of their ancestors. It’s all too easy to take cheap shots at folks who are no longer around to defend themselves.
So, hats off to Yevgeny Dzhugashvili for suing a radio station
for negative comments about his grandfather, who was, let’s see just a minute here, Josef Stalin….Wait a second. Did I read that right?
Well I’ll be damned, that’s what he’s doing. It seems it’s the second libel action Dzhugashvili has taken against the media for unkind remarks about the late dictator, blamed for killing millions in gulags, mass executions, famines, etc.
Yikes. If this guy succeeds, what next? A class action on behalf of the descendants of Vlad the Impaler, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Pol Pot and Idi Amin, against anybody who ever bad-mouthed those guys?
I’m sorry, Mrs. Impaler… I must advise you and the little Impalers that it could take some time to restore Great-Grandpa Vlad’s good name, but we’ll get there….
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Top: Russian communist supporters hold portraits of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin (R) and Soviet State founder Vladimir Lenin (L) as they take part in a rally to mark the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution in Russia’s southern city of Vladikavkaz, November 7, 2009. REUTERS/Kazbek Basaev
Right: Russian communists pass by a McDonald’s restaurant after attending a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, marking the 130th anniversary of his birthday, at the Kremlin wall in Moscow December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin