Stalinism’s nature has always been a hotly debated topic, with political implications for almost all sides. A new “Soviet system” emerged in the 1930s, assuming both a historical necessity and immutability, though Soviet and Western commentators disagreed about its nature. From the Soviet perspective, the revolution brought socialism. The result was a totalitarian dictatorship in the West (except for a few Soviet sympathizers).
It all started with the detention of a Maldives lady, Mariam Rashida, in Oct 1994, on allegations of outstaying her visa, which led to the surprising detention of Narayanan, the head of the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) cryogenic research lab, his assistant, and many other people.