First, I am curious about what you all got out of the notion of the 'cult of personality' as mentioned regarding Stalin in the first article by Avdienko and the second article by Yevtuschenko. The first article is by one who is brainwashed, and the second by one who criticizes the notion of a cult of personality--arguing that there were many opponents of Stalin that existed during his lifetime, but remained silent until after his death when it was safe. What camp do you fall under--was the obedience to Stalin that of blind devotion or of smart subservience?
Lastly--what do you make of the man commissioned to shoot innocent Russians in the gulags? How do we account for his utterly disassociated personality in a job that he calls, "easy work, like like felling timber"?