Trotskyists argue that the "Stalinist USSR" was not socialist (and not communist), but a bureaucratised degenerated workers' state —that is, a non-capitalist state in which exploitation is controlled by a ruling caste which, although not owning the means of production and not constituting a social class in its own right, accrued benefits and privileges at the expense of the working class. Trotsky believed that the Bolshevik revolution needed to be spread all over the globe's working class, the proletarians for world revolution; but after the failure of the revolution in Germany Stalin reasoned that industrializing and consolidating Bolshevism in Russia would best serve the proletariat in the long run. The dispute did not end until Trotsky's assassination in his Mexican villa by the Stalinist assassin Ramón Mercader in 1940. 
First Stalin, next Hitler, Mussolini, Milosevic, Hussein…why don’t we cover all of our institutions of higher learning with the images of dictators and mass murderers…but let’s make sure that we plan accordingly to which ethnic community we most want to rile up and offend.
Ukrainians , who to this day have churches, cultural institutions, social clubs, bars, and restaurants in the East Village, suffered disproportionately as a people under the despotic rule of Stalin.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Ukraine’s Famine Genocide, during which 10 million, women, children, and men perished as a result of a forced famine orchestrated by Stalin and denied by the west, including by Walter Duranty, New York Times journalist, who traveled to the region and lied about what he saw.
Cooper Union should be ashamed.