Here's the thread that @BlackSea4ever made a one-off comment about discussing Stalin in another form, so here's that forum!
So then I'll start with my opinion : Stalin was a bottom-feeding, paranoid, egotistic degenerate. He was a tyrannical lunatic with daddy issues and paranoia. The Red Army Choir would be problematic if it wasn't for his treatment of soldiers after the war. His betrayal, sending millions who defended Russia (and the other Eastern European states that were rolled into the USSR at the time) was an insult. He was a tyrant who killed Jews, persecuted the masses and treated his people like cattle. From what I've read it seemed that the Communists took over Russians were now too poor, too hungry and too afraid to do anything about the mess they were thrust into. After Lenin's death (which is technically his fault Stalin was in power) Stalin began to reform the country in a direction that weakened Russia in the start of the second world war. If Stalin wasn't a feared dictator then his doctors wouldn't have been terrified to save his life after he stroked out in the middle of parliament (I don't remember where it was he died at, needless to say none of his docs wanted to help him). 26 million Soviets died in WW2 and I've read numbers that are as high as 6 million deaths at the hand of Stalin, 6 million Soviet deaths. Let that sink in. What kind of savior of the starving masses murders 6 million of his own? Imagine the British in WW2 killed almost a quarter of their soldiers after the war? Would we see the British as heroic in how they handled the war? Would we be honoring Churchill if he killed a quarter of British soldiers in acts of paranoia?
The fact is he didn't save anyone. So many ethnic and cultural groups were persecuted under his rule, It didn't matter who you were, you were either aligned with the Communists or you were against them. This is just a historic fact. And yet his people gave it everything to defend their homes and for what? Millions of fathers and husbands shipped to Siberia to die in the cold because some paranoid nut job with an ego a mile long thought they were going to kill him. People were starving because of "collective farming" and forcing everyone to live off of the backs of each other rather than allowing their country to flourish. This is who Stalin was, and now we can have a healthy discussion regarding this.