Today the Joseph Stalin cottage industry just welcomed another product to join the cell phones, fashion trends, revisionist school textbooks, and the advertising craze.
That’s right, now you can enjoy a tasty new fizzy beverage bearing the face of one of Russia’s most ferociously violent leaders. Seriously now, isn’t this hyperactive Soviet nostalgia becoming unhealthy yet? From the AFP:
The Pivovar beverage plant in Volgograd, as Stalingrad is now called, will make a limited quantity of the lemon-flavoured fizzy drink, alongside two other drinks featuring portraits of famed Soviet World War II commanders.
The head of the beverage plant said he saw nothing wrong with the Stalin drinks, although historians describe Stalin as a ruthless tyrant responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people.
“I don’t think there’s anything bad here. All three military commanders were significant historical figures. And each of their names is closely tied with Volgograd,” Pivovar chief Boris Izgarshev said.
“I think there will be demand for this soft drink,” he added, quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda.