Excellent lecture on a complex topic. Interesting to learn about Stalin’s early years and how that shaped him.
Another informative presentation from Mr. Ivanov, this time on a topic that is still controversial both inside and outside Russia- the life and legacy of Joseph Stalin. This one was really for people with more than a casual interest in Russian travel. For many of us, it was starling to realize that there are Russians who still venerate a man considered in the West as an evil dictator on par with Adolph Hitler. Vladimir deconstructed this image skilfully, yet with humility and genuine empathy for those whose families suffered from Stalin's crimes. I don't think one can understand contemporary Russian art and culture without this background.
Terrific hour and a half. Learned a nuanced view of Stalin - viewing him in different ‘context.’ Very effective guide with enthusiasm, humor and sensitivity.
I thought it was very good but I had trouble understanding him (his english is excellent but his accent made it difficult for me
One participant stated that she found the presentation more skewed than she anticipated. I totally agree and think it was more than skewed and verged on being a bit polemical, though in a pleasant manner. I would not recommend the presenter fir further historical commentary. He said he is a art historian and I would recommend that Context use his services for art history. My rating below is just based on this presentation. For others I have a totally opposite rating.