NYTimes.com September 9, 2009 "Russian Schools to Teach ‘The Gulag Archipelago’"
Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin is pushing to restore pride in the Soviet past, so the decision could be a reflection of the Russian establishment’s struggle to reconcile that pride with the freedoms that Russians now take for granted, nearly 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the transition to democracy and the free market.
Human rights activists, however, were hesitant to call it a turnaround.
Lev Ponomaryov, who campaigns for Russia to repudiate Stalinism, said the Kremlin was worried that the popularity of the Communist Party was increasing at a time of economic crisis. “The introduction of the books is a rather good way to decrease the popularity of the Communists among the young people,” he said.