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While President Viktor Yanukovych joined his three predecessors last month in commemorating the millions of innocent victims of Soviet atrocities, he expressed admiration for Josef Stalin-era repression only nine years ago.

As governor of Donetsk Oblast in 2002, Yanukovych endorsed a book that praises Soviet secret police and their tactics. “Donbas Chekists [members of the Soviet secret police] under any conditions have done and do their high duty with honor,” he wrote.

Yanukovych’s published foreword is included in a book entitled “State Security Agencies in the Donetsk Region.”

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