Soviet Dictators Live On In Facebook Community Pages

By David Cohen Comment

The dictators of the former Soviet Union may have left this world long ago, but they are alive and well on Facebook.

Latvians Online pointed out that Facebook community pages exist for several of them, with most of these pages containing information lifted from Wikipedia, along with comments from Facebook users.

Here are the standings (with a philosopher and a couple of Germans mixed in), along with descriptions from Latvians Online:

  • Karl Marx (Socialist philosopher whose ideas helped inspire the Russian Revolution): 84,225 likes
  • Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin (pictured): 24,260
  • Joseph Stalin (premier of the Soviet Union from 1941-53): 16,753
  • Mikhail Gorbachev (in power from 1988 until the breakup of the U.S.S.R. in 1991): 3,714
  • Adolf Hitler: 936
  • Nikita Khrushchev (first secretary of the Communist Party after Stalin’s death, ran the U.S.S.R. from 1953-64): 751
  • Leonid Brezhnev (Khrushchev’s successor, in power from 1964-82): 278
  • Konstantin Chernenko (Andropov’s successor, in power from 1984-85): 123
  • German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop (see listing for Vyacheslav Molotov): 83
  • Andrey Vyshinsky (led the effort that resulted in Latvia’s illegal incorporation in the Soviet Union in 1940): 81
  • Yuri Andropov (followed Brezhnev from 1982-84): 75
  • Vyacheslav Molotov (Soviet foreign minister who signed the pact with Nazi Germany to split control of Europe, giving the Baltic states to the Soviet Union): 55
  • Andrei Gromyko (head of state from 1985-88): 18

We would say that some of the late dictators and politicians at the bottom of the list might want to seek help from social media consultants, but…