could someone explain?
Stalin didn't care about Russians, Georgians, Poles, Jews, Martians... Stalin only thought in categories of influence, leverage, control. He never wrapped his murderousness in a guise of martyrdom or heroism. Instead, he preferred to do it quietly, in the night, and not to be shared with a soul until years after his death
Today, even the most autistic Stalinist, does not try to justify the excesses - but instead focuses on industrialization, rearmament, the war, etc.
Bandera is another fruit entirely. His mission was a Ukraine free of Russians, Poles, Jews and Gypsies. He allied himself with the most murderous regime in human history. His supporters perpetrated mass terror against millions of people. His name is glorified in modern Ukraine as some Joan de Arc or George Washington.
A quote @Alien:Modern Ukrainian nationalism, as manifested in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Galicia, became increasingly hostile to Poles, Jews, and Russians. The hostility to Poles was related to the nationalist interpretation of their socio-economic circumstances, as well as the feeling that the Poles had occupied the Ukrainian territories and had deprived the Ukrainians of a nobility and an intelligentsia.