If Stalinism has survived anywhere, it is in football.
I have always believed Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest ever British Stalinist (his association with new Labour and personal friendship with Alastair Campbell being merely a modern variant of Popular Frontism) The way in which he publicly humilated Wayne Rooney, before bringing him, supine, back into the team last season, was masterful. When he recently asked for the exclusion of a journalist posing tricky questions about Ryan Giggs, you knew the individual concerned would soon be travelling on the media equivalent of a slow train to Novosirbisk. And all this relayed accidentally, because a microphone was left on? Do me a favour - that was about as accidental as the assassination of Kirov!
My theory reappeared watching coverage of the recent FIFA Congress. Lots of elderly men in suits, completely impervious to events around them, happily holding an election with only one candidate. I was recently given a copy of UEFA's corporate magazine, UEFA direct, and it is a publication any Stalinist would be proud to be associated with. It has literally nothing to say or report, but trundles through 24 pages of conference reports, news of national federations and half-hearted attempts to promote a diversity you know they do not believe in. You will only want to read it once, but I do recommend you do so.