"Nothing perhaps underlines more convincingly the similarities of the two systems than what Ilya Ehrenburg and other Stalinist intellectuals have to say today in their efforts to justify their past or simply to report what they actually thought during the Great Purge. "Stalin knew nothing about the senseless violence committed against the Communists, against the Soviet intelligentsia," "they conceal it from Stalin" and "if only someone would tell Stalin about it," or, finally, the culprit was not Stalin at all but the respective chief of police. (Quoted from Tucker, op. cit., p. XIII.) Needless to add, this was precisely what the Nazis had to say after the defeat of Germany."
"Добрый царь, злые бояре..."