I'm posting this here for any and all interested or learned in Soviet History. As a relative novice in the history itself I do find it interesting and would like to present something I've read tonight regarding a more recent interpretation.
Grover Furr is a professor at Montclair State University. He specializes in medieval English literature. In 2011 a book he wrote was published. This book covers some rather extensive criticisms of Nikita Krushchev's famous 1956 speech before the 20th congress of the Soviet Union in an effort to reduce repression within the Soviet state. This followed his election victory. In his speech, Krushchev denounced Stalin's methods while simultaneously blaming Stalin for all the horrors of the government during the period. Furr posits that Krushschev not only painted Stalin as an autonomous tyrant but also maintains Stalin's innocence.
A counter criticism is offered here which I find to be quite good. The author of this criticism is Roger Keeran who is a policies coordinator at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies. He is also a commie with the CPUSA to my knowledge.
I found this to be a great read so I'm posting it for you to read here.