62 Years On, Some Still Mourn for Josef Stalin

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A man holds up a sign saying: "Stalin and the people = victory," in honor of the 62nd anniversary of Stalin's death at Red Square.

Sixty-two years ago today, on March 5, 1953, dictator Josef Stalin died after serving as head of the Soviet Union for almost three decades.

Stalin remains a popular figure in Russia, despite overseeing the deaths of millions of people in politically motivated purges. Hundreds of people gathered at Moscow's iconic Red Square on Monday to honor the leader's death and lay red carnations at his tomb.

While Westerners tend to associate Stalin's legacy with oppressive measures, many Russians credit Stalin with victory in World War II and continue to celebrate the Soviet Union's achievements.

A recent survey conducted by independent pollster Levada Center found that 52 percent view Stalin in a positive light.