This monstrous practice has been characteristic of the biggest tyrants of the modern era.
The Russian poet, who died Saturday at 83, was at the forefront of the cult of poetry that swept the Soviet Union in the decades after Joseph Stalin's death.
Russian-speaking but Ukrainian, only 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border with Russia yet 500 kilometers from Kiev, Kharkiv is suffering an acute identity crisis.
Victims of Stalin's mass deportations in 1944, Crimea's Tatar Muslim minority look warily on next week's referendum on joining Russia, which could well bring the crisis on the tense peninsula to new heights.
The members of the Koch family, America's biggest financial backers of the tea party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.
A Russian historian faces four years in prison for having the nerve to research Stalin's gulags, which Russian revisionists would have you believe either didn't exist or were a form of forced vacation.
Is Vladimir Putin's dictator chic to blame for Josef Stalin's makeover? The Soviet tyrant who presided over the suffering of millions and helped launch World War II has been rebranded as a "competent manager" and, if Moscow's deserted Gulag Museum is any indication, Russians appear to be lapping it up.