Lemon-flavored Stalin? Sounds…controversial.
A debate has been raging here in Russia over whether society is forgetting the brutality of Josef Stalin’s rule of the Soviet Union. Positive references to his time have re-emerged in Moscow’s subway, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin endorsed a textbook calling him an “efficient leader,” he placed third in a TV poll for the greatest Russian (when he was actually from Georgia).
Adding fizzy fuel to that fire is a carbonated drinks manufacturer’s decision to put the infamous dictator’s face on a limited-edition lemon-flavored soda next month to mark the 67th anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad.