Josef Stalin is a paranoid thug who sets aside his pipe to smoke American Lucky Strike cigarettes in private and conducts top-secret meetings from his washroom in “Hotel Lux,” a German film poking fun at communism.
President Vladimir Putin is trying to transform Crimea into the Singapore of the Black Sea. That effort so far has cost Russia’s newest republic its entire banking system and all three of its McDonald’s.
Wojciech Jaruzelski, the communist leader and army general who imposed martial law in Poland to suppress the Solidarity movement in 1981 before ceding power eight years later as his regime collapsed, has died. He was 90.