Watch the video above. Use whatever methods you wish to gather information to examine this statement. Wikipedia would definitely be a good source.
"He was a member of the Communist Party during the Cold War.
So this is not exactly the guy I would listen to about Russia."
Your part in this exercise is to determine if this is the prevailing opinion on this matter? Do most people agree? Refer to the box at the top of this page as a guide for the kind of information you'll need to find to address this question. Not all of the questions will apply, but be as thorough as you can as you investigate. Keep track of where you get information to defend your point of view.
You'll have about 8-10 minutes to look. I will then select someone from your group to tell the rest of the class what you have found.