The director of the second national television channel told Obshchaya gazeta (no. 23) that the current Russian elite closely resembles its communist predecessor, and in many cases consists of the same people. Oleg Poptsov argued that “we should not forget that the representatives of the former political system have all adapted beautifully to the new economic situation. They are in banking. They were the first to understand all the positive sides of a system of government-controlled capitalism. They were very good organizers, and they were pioneers in commercializing the country.” The democrats and reformers, on the other hand, had not been able to take advantage of the situation, Poptsov concluded.
Stalin’s Grandson Presses for Dictator’s Rehabilitation.