There is a timely article questioning why Stalin has been given the light touch treatment from history on the BBC which follows on from Russell Brand's resignation video where he had a picture of the dictator on his wall.
The article argues that part of the problem is thaqt Stalinw as an ally during WW2.I would argue for most students today that is nonsense. The problem is that they see something honourable in communism and thus believe the tractor statistic bullshit.
At the same time, amongst the more left-liberal classes, there is a tendency toward anti-americanism of he kind that Nick Cohen noted in What's Left?. This is essentially the dogma that "whoever is America's enemy is my friend".
Personally I think it is quite sad that a man who made Hitler look like a pussycat should be revered by (ignorant) people. The man killed in excess of 40 million of his own people for no reason other than his own mental whim. How could anyone have a poster of him on their wall?