Russia today: Putin’s regime glorifies the idea of a strong leader and the communist dictator Stalin is praised for leading the Soviet Union to victory over Nazi Germany. But during the thirty year rule of Stalin millions of innocent citizens were imprisoned in forced labour camps (the Gulag), executed or exiled. What about that dark part of Russia’s history?
For six months Hester den Boer travelled in Siberia. She visited former campsites, interviewed victims of the Stalinist terror, met with researchers who are now under prosecution themselves and talked to people who think Russia is in need of a strong leader like Stalin. In her project she brings these opposing voices together.