About personality cult:
Driven by curiosity, I've recentlty downloaded the archive of "Izvestia" (the main oficious Soviet newspaper) of the year 1937. I was wondering how they were depicting the comrade Stalin, the breaking news about political repression and the like. And you know what? Stalin's portraits are quite rare while "some flaws and remnants of the past in our life" described rather frankly and accurately...
Let's go back to our days. "Izvestia" is still alive and well and remains what it was in past: the main oficious newspaper. But, compared to Stalin's era, in the modern newspaper Putin's picture(s) appears in every (I mean literally every) issue: Putin at workplace, Putin awards common or not so common people, Putin and minister(s), Putin and foreign leader(s), Putin talking to workers, Putin inspecting robots... That's what I've found in the last twelve issues:
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I'd be curious to see Stalin's Izvestia coverage in the late 40s and early 50s compared to Putin.