Semyon Nomokonov (1900-1973) Evenk Soviet Sniper

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His full Russian name was ‘Semyon Danilovich Nomokonov’ (Семён Дани́лович Номоко́нов), and was of the ‘Evenk-Hamnigan’ ethnicity prevalent within the Siberian area of Russia (this designation refers to Siberian Evenk people who have historically inter-mixed with people of the Mongolian ethnicity). He was born on August 12th, 1900 in Delyun village (now in Sretensky area of the Trans-Baikal Territory), and brought up as an indigenous hunter. The Evenk people are traditionally nomadic reindeer herders, and are thought to be genetically related to certain Korean and Chinese populations. (In my own Chinese-British family in the UK of Hakka (Hong Kong) ethnicity, a prominent Hakka female mDNA line has been traced to the Evenk population of Siberia. This means that certain Hakka clans – living in Southern China – are directly related to the Evenk people thousands of miles away in Siberia). As usual, the Western (English) Wikipedia page referring to this extraordinary Red Army Sniper, is deficient and incorrect, and at variance with Russian language sources. For instance, entirely omitted is Semyon Nomokonov’s military service during the Soviet-Japanese war (1938-1939), where he killed 8 soldiers (and officers) of the Japanese Kwantung Army.

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During the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), Semyon Nomokonov is accredited with killing 360 Nazi German soldiers and officers (including one major-general), bringing his lifetime tally as a sniper to 368 (the English Wikipedia page states that his Soviet military tally was 367). The rifle he used throughout his military career was the 1891 Mosin–Nagant model infantry rifle, which used a five-shot, bolt-loading, internal magazine–fed weapon action, developed by the Imperial Russian Army between 1882 to 1891. Snipers often prefer a bolt-action rifle (even today), as the relay of the new round into the chamber does not include the ‘jump’ associated with many modern semi and full automatic weapons. When calmly sniping from a distance, the soldier remains in control of the entire process, without the rifle ‘moving’ unexpectedly and causing the shot to miss.

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This was the rifle Semyon Nomokonov used during the Russo-Japanese War, and which he retained during the Great Patriotic War. Unlike other snipers in the Red Army, Semyon Nomokonov made all his ‘kills’ over long distance without the aid of a telescopic sight. This earned him the sharp-shooter name of ‘Hawk Eye’ (Глаз коршуна – Glaz korshuna). At the out-break of the Great Patriotic War, Semyon Nomokonov, (probably due to his age – he was 41 years old at the time), was a Medic in the Red Army. During that war, the Soviet Armed Forces (as well as the civilian population), suffered millions of causalities, and there were many wounded to tend to after each battle. According to Timur Lambaev’s 2007 book entitled ‘Storm of the Fascist Scum’ (Фашистской нечисти гроза), one day, Semyon Nomokonov was tending to the wounded (on the Kalinin Front) when he saw a Nazi German soldier deliberately targeting the Soviet wounded lying on the ground. Semyon Nomokonov instinctively raised his simple (and old) bolt-loading rifle and fired. Despite the long distance, the shot hit the Nazi German in the centre of the fore-head. This was remarkable considering that Semyon Nomokonov did not make use of a modern telescopic sight. When this incident was reported to the Soviet Authorities, Semyon Nomokonov was immediately transferred to an active-duty sniper platoon.

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Those who observed Semyon Nomokonov in action, recorded that when confronting the enemy he became absolutely ‘still’ in both body and mind (as if ‘disappearing’ from obvious sight by becoming ‘one’ with nature). Typically, Semyon Nomokonov hit targets at around 300m to 500m, but on at least one occasion, he hit his target at a recorded 1000m. He wore indigenous hunting clothing of bits of rope and string hanging from his uniform (similar to the ‘gillie’ suit developed in Scotland to camouflage Game-Keepers when watching-out for poachers – now used universally by modern snipers). He wore horse-hair shoes that made very little noise, and reports suggest he made use of irregular-shaped shards of mirror to spy on the enemy without revealing his position. This is peculiar as modern snipers tend to avoid all reflective surfaces for exactly the reason that reflective light gives away even a well-hidden position. However, in the case of Semyon Nomokonov particular expertise, this habit never compromised his position and aided to his success. He used the reflective surface to lure the Nazi Germans to open-fire – and thereby reveal their positions (and usually be instantly killed in return fire). He also made ample use of placing a Red Army helmet on a stick – using it as a puppet to draw enemy fire. No one in his military Unit could equal his ability to conceal and camouflage. Soviet Military Records confirm that throughout his military career serving in the 221st Infantry Division, Semyon Nomokonov killed 638 enemies of Socialism. The Nazi Germans referred to him as ‘Taiga Shaman’ (Таёжный шаман) which appears to translate as something like ‘Spirit of the Tree-Line’. He was wounded eight times in active combat, and received two concussions. For his bravery, he received the following medals; Order of the Red Star (twice), Order of the Red Banner, and the Order of Lenin.

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When he retired from the Red Army, he quietly returned to his village in Siberia to resume his simple life – but due to the continuous newspaper, magazine and filmed news articles about his sniping exploits, he became very famous throughout the Soviet Union and was always invited to various schools, colleges and universities to give talks, as well as to political activities. As he supported the October Revolution, he eventually relocated to a Collective Farm named after Lenin – and enjoyed the adulation he received. Not only did thousands of people write to him every week, but once he received a letter from a grieving German woman who asked whether he was the Soviet Sniper who smoked a pipe whilst on the front-line? She further stated that she thought her son – a Nazi German soldier named Gustav Ehrlich – may have been killed by Semyon Nomokonov. She asked whether he had any conscience regarding the hundreds of Germans he had killed? Semyon Nomokonov dictated a letter of reply via his son, and stated that he did indeed smoke a pipe whilst on active duty, and could well have killed her son- but added that if the lady in question had seen the devastation and atrocities committed by the Nazi German Army (particularly in Leningrad, for example), she would not be so quick to judge him, and would curse those who acted like this in her name. He died peacefully on July 15th, 1973.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2017.

English Language Reference: (Deficient)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semyon_Nomokonov

Russian Language References: (Complete)

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Номоконов,_Семён_Данилович

http://russian7.ru/post/360-nemcev/

Chiemsee Cauldron – Hitler’s Bed Pan

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The Chiemsee Cauldron is a gold cauldron featuring apparent ancient Celtic designs, found at the bottom of the Bavarian Lake Chiemsee in 2001. Due to the similarity of its Celtic imagery, the Chiemsee Cauldron has been compared to the Danish Gundestrup Cauldron (discovered in 1891), and has a diameter of 50 cm, a height of 30 cm, and is made from 10.5 kg (23.15 pounds) of 18 carat gold. Whereas the Gundestrup Cauldron dates to around the 1st century BCE, the Chiemsee Cauldron, by way of comparison, dates to the 20th century, and is thought to be an ornate artefact manufactured by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime (possibly during the 1930’s), as analysis of the gold structure confirms its modern origination.

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It seems that it was commissioned by high-ranking Nazi Germans (such as Heinrich Himmler), as a means to re-create the old Celtic belief system that existed in Europe prior to the rise of Christianity. This may well be the case, but the Nazi obsession with pre-Christian, Celtic belief seems a little odd, considering that the Germanic people were probably not of Celtic origination. However, it is known that ancient Europeans tended to venerate bodies of water as being ‘holy’, and sunk important articles of faith (including cauldrons) into them. This may be because the calm surface of the lake reflected the sky, and the bed of the water might have been considered a supernatural means of ascending into that sky. This would imply a case of travelling deep, to soar high, etc, in primitive belief systems. As the cauldron was a place for the transformation of food (such as in cooking raw food), this function of changing one thing into another, could explain why ancient Europeans appeared to place such emphasis upon the cauldron, and the lake-bed. Both may have been viewed as ‘doorways’ to another dimension. The Nazi German regime, with its bizarre mixture of occult worship and genocide, may well have placed this object in the lake as a means of attracting ‘good luck’ from the old Celtic gods for the Hitlerite regime. Another theory is that it was thrown into the lake at the end of WWII, as a means of preventing it falling into the hands of the advancing allies. However, dating seems to suggest that it was made either in 1939 (or before, dating back to around 1925), and may well have been placed in the lake prior to WWII, as an offering to secure Nazi German victory, and presumably the resurrection and spreading of the old Celtic belief system. Given this hidden ‘pagan’ agenda of the Nazi German regime, it seems equally bizarre that the Roman Catholic Church supported Hitlerism with such enthusiasm.

Remembering Soviet Disabled War Veterans (1941-1945)

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Soviet men and women have given their lives as soldiers, to preserve the October Revolution in Russia, since its inception in 1917. A proportion of those wounded, have been rendered permanently disabled, and this was seen in unprecedented numbers during the Great Patriotic War. As one estimate states that around 40 million Soviet men, women and children died in the Nazi German invasion of the USSR during WWII (others say it was much higher), it is logical to assume that the disabled wounded must have been in the millions, depending upon the type of wound received. Modern warfare blew-off arms and legs with a monstrous regularity, as well as maiming the face and torso. The catch 22 situation was that the brutal Nazi German troops were carrying-out a holocaust aimed at the Slavic people for being Jewish, Bolshevik, racially inferior or sexually deviant, etc. Fighting and killing on an industrial scale never seen before in the history of human warfare, invariably led to survivors suffering terrible psychological and physical wounds. The Soviet System responded to this huge influx of disabled veterans by providing medical care, housing and re-training for a new career (wherever possible), at special centres established throughout the USSR. Immediately after the war, however, it was thought that the disabled veterans might return home and integrate back into Soviet Society (with the support of their families), making use of the generous Social Security System provided free by the State, but for many, their psychological trauma and inability to adjust, meant that they often took to the streets to beg, drink alcohol and deteriorate further. The Soviet Authorities established special disabled centres and initiated a campaign in the early 1950’s of relocating all disabled war veterans living on the streets. Although many undoubtedly benefited from this action, others were unable to settle and left these centres after a short time. This is not surprising considering the terrible conditions and experiences they had endured whilst fighting Nazi tyranny. It must be remembered that the USSR had fought in wars before and integrated its disabled veterans successfully back into society, but the Great Patriotic War saw casualties on an unimaginable scale, and herein lay the problem. However, overtime the situation did settle down and the disabled veterans were able to make something positive of their new lives, after-all, the Communist State they lived within, (and defended with the lives), provided everything ‘free’ for their care and re-training. This is in stark contrast to anti-Soviet propaganda perpetuated in the West, or even ‘modern’ anti-Soviet propaganda originating within contemporary ‘capitalist’ Russia. It was the barbarity of Nazi German fascism that caused such death and misery in the USSR, and not the Soviet System itself, which was operating in self-defence. Th Soviet disabled war veterans should be remembered with respect – even in modern, capitalist Russia.

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Soviet Transport for the Disabled

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Original Russian Language Article By: http://www.stena.ee/

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

The Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) saw millions of Soviet men and women made permanently disabled due to their war-wounds. This dramatically increased the over-all population of disabled people living in the Soviet Union after 1945, and initiated a rapid technological development for modern wheelchairs and various types of motorised wheelchairs to assist mobility requirements. Within the USSR, people with disabilities were looked after by the State, and afforded every possible facility to aid their quality of life, and ensure as far as possible, their integration within mainstream Soviet society. This attitude (formulated by VI Lenin after the 1917 October Revolution) was further developed under JV Stalin in 1945, and extended to returning disabled military personnel, and those Soviet civilians permanently maimed by Nazi German atrocities. The victory of Scientific Socialism over fascism was seen as the basis for a substantial technological advance in disabled transport. Prior to this, the USSR possessed various types of rudimentary wheelchairs (an example of which can be seen in photographs of VI Lenin toward the end of his life, when he became disabled due to illness), but these were simple structures that were little more than wooden boxes on wheels, that required another person to push.

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This meant that even reasonably independent disabled people could not travel on the roads, or propel themselves about in a self-determining manner. After 1945, the emphasis within the Soviet Union was to grant disabled people a greater dignity through the application of Soviet scientific development.

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As there was an abundance of Red Army motorcycles of various design after the Great Patriotic War, these were modified to allow disabled people to travel outside, usually upon the road. This was an important step-forward, not without its limitations and problems. For instance, the motorcycles were ‘open’ structures that did not protect the occupant from bad weather, and could not, at that time, carry the occupant in and out of buildings. Disabled people who were paralysed throughout their bodies, of course, required companions responsible for their care, and all this put further demands upon Soviet ingenuity. In part, these problems were solved with the development of the ‘Invalidkoy’, a three-wheeled enclosed structure termed the ‘C-1L’, first manufactured at the Serpukhov Motorcycle Factory, in 1952. This was the world’s first ‘disabled person’s car’, that was comprised of a lightweight metal body that possessed doors and a canvas roof that could be removed in summer. However, it did not possess a heater and was very cold in winter, and as it used a two-stroke (125 cubic cm) ‘Moskva’ motorcycle engine, the enclosed cabin was very noisy when the car was being driven. The wheels were of the motorcycle type, and its rear-wheels possessed a spring suspension system. The body was comprised of tubes wielded together and covered with the metal outer-shell. The over-all weight was 275 kg, and it possessed a maximum speed of 30 km per hour. As this was considered slow, in 1956, the existing engine was replaced with the more powerful Izh-56, which had a 7.5 horse-power. This increased the maximum speed to 55 km per hour.

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As technology and design progressed, the experimental car GAZ-18 was designed in KB Gorky Automobile Plant, in 1958. This was the world’s first ‘compact’ or ‘mini’ car with manual control.

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The GAZ-18 used the Moskvich-402, 0.5 litre engine, utilising an automatic transmission with torque converter. The GAZ-18 eliminated the need of a clutch-pedal – an important developed for many disabled drivers – with the engine and gear-box being situated toward the rear of the machine. The fuel tank and storage space were situated at the front of the vehicle. The engine was accessed simply by pushing the seat forward and down, with the seat itself being fully adjustable to suit the passenger. The problem with this design was the cost. As so many Soviet citizens had lost their legs during the Great Patriotic War, and were entitled to a ‘free’ car provided by the State, the Soviet Government requested that the design be ‘simplified’ and improved in such a manner that cut production costs. This was achieved through the design of the microcar CA3 – which was mass produced and distributed (freely) to all qualifying disabled people through the Soviet Social Security System. It is known that the French firm Citroen purchased the right to use the CA3 design in the West – eventually producing their Citroen 2CV model.

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In 1970, the CA3 was replaced with the microcar S3D – which proved very popular, and which saw most disabled people switch to this model (to do this, all interested disabled people were required to return their CA3 vehicle in exchange for this new design).

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The popularity of the S3D was in part due to its smart angular design, and the fact it looked more like an ordinary car than previous models. Due to its upper body design, there were glass windows covering a greater area, giving the driver and passengers an enhanced visibility whilst stationary or on journeys. As it possessed an 18 horse-power Izhevsk engine, its maximum speed increased to 70 km per hour, whilst its over-all weight was 454 kg. The cabin was far more comfortable than previous models, and was heated by a petrol heater. The hydraulic breaks operated on all four wheels, with the canvas roof being replaced with a permanent metal structure. The last 300 S3D cars rolled off the Serpukhov factory conveyor belts in 1997.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2017.

Russian language Article:

http://www.stena.ee/blog/sovetskij-transport-dlya-invalidov

Raoul Wallenberg – CIA Operative

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Raoul Wallenberg (1912-1947)

During WWII, a number of Eastern European countries such as Hungary, actively supported Adolf Hitler’s Nazi German regime, and enthusiastically endorsed and applied its racial and sexual hygiene laws (which served as the ideological underpinnings of the holocaust that murdered 11 million people – including 6 millions Jews – as well as Romany people, the Disabled, the Homosexuals and all kinds of dissidents, including Socialists and Communists). Hungary possessed a very strong anti-Semitic rightwing that thought nothing of applying the destructive Nazi ideology against its own people. Raoul Wallenberg was not Hungarian, however, but rather a very successful Swedish businessman and diplomat stationed in that country during WWII. Not only this, but as Sweden was also a supporter of Nazi Germany during WWII (providing natural resources for the Nazi war machine), Raoul Wallenberg – as a ‘racially pure’ Swedish citizen – was permitted to travel around Nazi Germany and its conquered European territories unhindered. During these travels, he was able to observe first-hand how Nazi anti-Semitic policies were applied and developed a deep disgust for Hitler’s murderous regime. As he possessed extensive business interests in Hungary, he applied his considerable abilities to rescuing around 100,000 Jewish people, and preventing them from being transported to the gas chambers. For this remarkable anti-fascist activity (that placed his life in continuous danger), the modern State of Israel conferred upon Raoul Wallenberg the designation of ‘Righteous Gentile’ – a title very seldom used to describe non-Jews.

When the Soviet Red Army ‘liberated’ Hungary from its fascist over-lords in 1944, a worker’s government was implemented that set about purging the country of its fascist past. For reasons that are not yet clear, Raoul Wallenberg was detained by the Soviet Authorities in January 1945, and transported to Russia (probably Moscow). At the time, he was escorted by two Soviet Red Army motorcyclists, and Raoul Wallenberg was reported as saying that he wasn’t sure whether he was being protected or arrested. When relatives and friends made concerned enquiries between 1945 and 1947, the Soviet Authorities stated that as a diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg was under USSR protection, and that there was nothing to worry about (a contrary story appears in Western accounts, which state that the Soviet Authorities also claimed in March, 1945, that Raoul Wallenberg and his driver were killed en route to the Soviet Headquarters in Debrecen – by Nazi troops). Two years later (in 1947), the Soviet Authorities denied any knowledge of Raoul Wallenberg (and his driver detained with him). Although modern (capitalist) Russia has made public virtually all the previously ‘secret’ Soviet Archives – the file regarding Raoul Wallenberg remains firmly ‘closed’. This seems odd on the face of it, as Raoul Wallenberg was an avid anti-fascist, but of course, being an anti-fascist does not necessarily equate with being ‘pro-Soviet’. However, with the information that is available within Russian language sources, Raoul Wallenberg does not appear to have made any overt anti-Soviet statements. What is clear, is that the ‘secret’ information regarding Raoul Wallenberg must be so sensitive that every Russian leader from Stalin to Putin has refused to reveal it. However, new information appeared in 1957. A file pertaining to Raoul Wallenberg contained a single document. This report was from a prison doctor stationed at Lubyanka Prison, and stated that the prisoner – Raoul Wallenberg – died of a heart attack in his cell on July 17, 1947,with his body being cremated (without autopsy) in the grounds of the Donskoy Monastery in Moscow.

In the US 1996, it was revealed by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that Raoul Wallenberg was a CIA operative working in Hungary during WWII – tasked with ‘spying’ on the Nazi Germans, the collaborating Hungarian Authorities, and the Soviet Authorities. His cover-story was exposed in part as being that of an ‘anti-fascist’, and his activities in rescuing Jewish people was part of his espionage work. As modem Russia is now a (capitalist) bourgeois State, Raoul Wallenberg was declared a ‘hero’ in 2000, and in 2001, a statue was raised in his honour in the grounds of the State Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow. In the meantime, whilst still not opening the Soviet era files on Raoul Wallenberg, Russia (and Sweden for that matter), continues to ‘ignore’ the fact that Raoul Wallenberg was a CIA operative, and that this information has now been made public in the USA.

Russian Language References:

http://inosmi.ru/history/20110806/172967492.html

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Валленберг,_Рауль

Alexander Peev (1886-1943) and the Ancient Sitovo Script

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Alexander Peev (1886-1943)

Alexander Peev was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on May 4th, 1986, and was executed by the fascist Bulgarian Authorities in Sofia, on November 22nd, 1943. He was a renowned revolutionary resistance leader, and an amateur archaeologist (who pioneered research into the Sitovo inscriptions). Bulgaria was one of a number of Eastern European countries that openly collaborated with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, and avidly participated in the application of Nazi racial and sexual purity laws. This meant that Hitler was able to apply the holocaust’s ‘Final Solution’ to Bulgaria’s Jewish, Romany, Homosexual, Disabled and Socialist populations with little official resistance. Alexander Peev was arrested on suspicion of being a Soviet spy – because he actively ‘resisted’ his government’s cooperation with Nazi Germany, he was sentenced to death. However, the circumstances surrounding his execution are a little odd.

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Alexander Peev Inspects the Sitovo Script

In May, 1928, lumber-jacks working near the village of Sitovo (situated near the city of Plovdiv), stumbled upon an unknown script etched onto a cave wall. These labourers thought that there might be treasure in the area, and started digging randomly in the ground. As word spread, the area become inundated for a time with treasure-seekers, but the unknown script attracted the attention of Alexander Peev – an amateur archaeologist. People thought that perhaps valuables had been hidden when Bulgaria was invaded by the Romans, and later the Turks. As this was an important historical find, the Secretary of the Archaeological Society – Alexander Peev – immediately sent an expedition into the mountains. If Thracian (or even Celtic), the inscription could be thousands of years old (perhaps dating to 3,000 BCE or any-time after), suggesting that it could be one of the oldest known scripts ever discovered in Europe.

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Sitovo Script

Alexander Peev described the inscription in the following manner:

‘After a careful examination of the southern walls of the cave (which are almost sheer rock), we found that about two meters from the floor was carved a smooth polished rectangular area with a width measuring 23 to 30 cm, and a length of 260 cm. Upon this prepared surface was carved some mysterious signs. Without a doubt, the inscription is made by the hand of man. The signs resemble the so-called runes used by the old Germanic peoples before you fall under the cultural influence of Rome …  The eastern wall of the cave is a huge block of stone. Here we also found the inscription 23 cm height and 80 cm in length.’

For years, Alexander Peev was the only academic working on trying to identify and decipher these unusual letters. Despite his best efforts, he could not ascertain whether the symbols were ancient Celtic, Thracian, Phrygian or Slavic in origination – as they certainly did not appear to be Roman. He also considered that the marks might be random and have no meaning at all. However, despite involving the Bulgarian academic community in the investigation of this find, Alexander Peev also worked against the Bulgarian fascist authorities, collecting intelligence about Bulgarian fascist activities and conveying this information to the Soviet Union. However, his undoing appears directly linked to the Sitovo Script, as he was arrested after sending an example of this text to Soviet archaeologists, in the hope that they could decipher its meaning. The Bulgarian fascist authorities mistakenly thought that the Sitovo Script was a ‘secret’ code used to communicate with the USSR – and summarily sentenced Alexander Peev to death by firing squad in 1943. After the war, when Bulgaria was ‘liberated’, Alexander Peev’s work on the Sitovo Script was finally published, and for his service against fascism, he was post-humorously awarded the Order of Lenin, and the Order of Georgi Dimitrov.

Russian Language References:

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Пеев,_Александр

http://www.trinitas.ru/rus/doc/0021/001a/00211059.htm

 

 

Lenin did not Execute the Romanov Family

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Western narratives have always used the demise of the Russian imperial family as a means to discredit Socialism in general, and the 1917 Russian Revolution in particular. Although the crimes of capitalism are varied, continuously ongoing and relentless, anti-Socialist Western narratives use entirely imagined and contrived incidences about the Communist World, attempting to create a counter-narrative to working class freedom. Everything the working class does on its own is viewed as ‘evil’ and ‘morally’ deficient by the bourgeoisie. This is a matter of class interests, and the bourgeoisie require a subordinated working class to unquestionably do its bidding. Therefore, it must be acknowledged that all bourgeois narratives about the USSR are ideologically suspect in the first instance, and must be carefully analysed for bias, disinformation and misinformation. The following information is researched entirely from Russian language academic sources.

This is the general narrative regarding the demise of the Romanov imperial family on the 17th of July, 1918 (at around 1:30am). It is believed that the seven members of the Romanov family and four supporters, were executed in the basement of the Ipatiev house (in Yekaterinburg), as the bourgeois (rightwing) forces of the so-called Czech Legion (armed and financed by the capitalist West) was closing-in on the Yekaterinburg area, with the intention of ‘destroying’ the local fledgling Bolshevik Authorities. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, a formal decision on the execution of Nicholas II was made on July 16th, 1918, by the Presidium of the Ural Regional Soviet of Workers, Peasants’ and Soldiers’ Deputies, in-charge of the area concerned. As the counter-revolutionary (bourgeois) forces were sweeping through the area, it was assumed that their motivating aim was to free the imperial family, and re-instate Czar Nicholas II as the sovereign leader of a re-constituted feudal Russia.  To deprive the advancing bourgeois forces of such a victory, the local (Ural) Soviet Authorities chose to execute the imperial family without trial, as a means to preserve the Revolution in their area. Western narratives have generally asserted that VI Lenin – the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution – personally gave the order for this execution, but historical evidence firmly suggests that this is not true. A Russian language document claiming that a Central Government meeting (of Political Commissars) took place on July 18th, 1918, that involved Lenin, Sverdlov and even Trotsky that openly discussed the executions, is often quoted by anti-Soviet commentators as ‘proof’ of the Central Government’s complicity, has subsequently been proven to be ‘false’. Trotsky, who was no fan of the Soviet System after his expulsion in 1929, categorically stated that the document was ‘fake’ because he was not in any such meeting at the time, and knew nothing about the execution of the Romanov family. Contrary to many anti-Soviet Western narratives, Sverdlov did not inform this meeting that its ‘execution’ order had been successfully carried-out.

On the 16th of July, 1918, Lenin was busy in Moscow writing telegrams for the foreign press (particularly the Danish newspaper ‘National Tidende’), denying rumours that the Romanov family had been executed. At this time, (as the Romanov family was being prepared for execution in Yekaterinburg), Lenin reportedly knew nothing about it. When news of the executions reached Moscow, the official Soviet Authorities position stated that only Nicholas II was executed (by firing squad), was carried-out due to an extremely difficult military situation that prevailed in the Yekaterinburg area at the time, which involved a counter-revolutionary plot to release the former emperor. The decision to execute was taken by the Presidium of the Ural Regional Council alone, and involved only Czar Nicholas II – and did not involve his wife or children, who were moved elsewhere. Due to the chaos of the ‘Civil War’ at the time (which saw fourteen different armies from the West and Japan marauding across Revolutionary Russia), the exact fate of the other Romanovs (and their servants) were not known. This has given rise to many theories suggesting that members of the imperial family might well have survived, and even left Russia. It is believed that virtually all the Romanov bodies were recovered in the USSR in July, 1991, by the rapidly collapsing Soviet Authorities, but some dispute these findings, stating that it is premised upon skull reconstruction, and not decisive DNA testing, although investigations were ongoing even in modern (capitalist) Russia up until 2011.  Of course, the hypocritical Russian Orthodox Church ‘Canonised’ the Romanov imperial family. Even in modern Russia, that has allowed the full Soviet Archives to be open to public scrutiny, no documentation has been found linking VI Lenin (or the Central Government) directly to the execution of the Romanov family. This means that the anti-Soviet viewpoints of bourgeois Western commentators is not true, as there are no Russian-language references to substantiate this view. In modern bourgeois Russia, the Romanov family are treated as heroes yet again, and their centuries of despotic rule of Russia is treated with a measured collective amnesia.

Russian Language References:

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Расстрел_царской_семьи

http://www.interfax.ru/russia/318826

https://ria.ru/history_spravki/20130717/948958103.html

 

MI Kalinin: Soviet Democracy Explained (1917-2017)

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Mi Kalinin (1875-1945) Soviet Educator – President of the USSR (1919-1946)

Lenin wrote of the Soviets: “What has been won by the Russian Revolution is inalienable. No power on earth can deprive us of that, any more than any power on earth can deprive us of what the Soviet State has already created. This is a world-historic victory. For hundreds of years States have been built according to the bourgeois model, and for the first time a non-bourgeois form of State has been discovered. Our apparatus may be a bad one, but it is said that the first steam engine to be invented, was also a bad one, and it it is not even known whether it worked or not. That is not the point; the point is that it was invented. Even assuming that the form of the first steam engine was unsuitable, the point is that we now have steam engines. Even if our State apparatus is very bad, it has been created, the great historical invention has been made, a proletarian type of State has been created.” (1)

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The path of Soviet rule is the path of struggle for the people’s interests. Its achievements in this direction are common knowledge. To demonstrate the essence of Soviet rule, and the superiority of its form of government over all other existing ones, one would need to write a huge work. Therefore I will only deal with two aspects which, from my point of view, are the most essential.

This two aspects are the complete democracy of the Soviet State; and the full equality existing between the various peoples of the Soviet Union. The Stalin Constitution reflected the social and economic changes which had taken place in the Soviet Union between 1924 and 1936. The structure of the Soviet State is now based on this constitution which in its essence marks the completion of the democratisation of our country. The Soviets – whether local, regional, national or All-Union – our elected on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage, by secret ballot.

The highest organ of government in our State is the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. It exercises legislative powers. The Supreme Soviet appoints the Government, the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR. The Supreme Soviet of the USSR consists of two chambers: the Soviet of the Union and the Soviet  of Nationalities, which possesses equal legislative initiative. The Soviet of the Union is elected by the citizens of the USSR divided into electoral districts on the basis of 1 deputy per 300,000 inhabitants. The Soviet of Nationalities is elected by the citizens of the USSR in their Union and Autonomous Republics, autonomous regions and national areas on the basis of 25 deputies from each Union Republic; 11 deputies from each Autonomous Republic; 5 deputies from each autonomous region, and 1 deputy from each national area.’

MI Kalinin: The Soviet President Speaks (Hardback), The Fleet Street Press (East Harding Street, EC4), (1945), Page 58

(1) Selected Works (Lawrence & Wishart, 1938), Vol. IX, p. 361

000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000The cover of the Hutchinson edition. As the Soviet Union was an ally of the UK during WWII, and suffered terribly under Nazi German oppression, for a few years after 1945, prior to the rise of the US-inspired Cold War deception, there was a very real interest in the West about the Soviet Union. However, as Winston Churchill and Harry Truman had their ‘anti-Socialist’ way (assisted by the Trotskyites), the USSR was (falsely) demonised and all interest discouraged. One such ‘myth’ was that the USSR was not ‘democratic’ and its people ‘enslaved’. In reality, what this meant for the Western bourgeoisie was that the USSR was not ‘capitalist’, and its society was not run by a small number of billionaires that they could influence against the best interests of the people. This article is a ‘corrective’ text against these Cold War lies, in recognition and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Even today, in the UK’s bourgeois press, the Guardian, Telegraph and Mail are running articles condemning the 1917 Russian Revolution, ignoring the fact that it was the Soviet people that defeated Nazi Germany and saved the UK from invasion, suffering 27 – 40 million casualties in the process, but then again, this is exactly the same bourgeois press that has unquestionably supported the US-backed neo-Nazi regime in the Ukraine (funded and encouraged by former President Barak Obama).

Czar Nicholas II (1868-1918)

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Prince Nicholas in Nagasaki, Japan (1891)

The Russian royal family (together with servants and supporters) was believed to have been extra-judicially executed on July 17th, 1918, in the Yekaterinburg area of Russia, but there are a number of other theories surrounding the disappearance of the Czar and his family. Trotsky, in his early writings, was of the opinion that the decision to execute the royal family was taken locally and had no direct input from VI Lenin – the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution. However, once Trotsky had been expelled from the USSR (for counter-revolutionary activities), and was living in the West, his ‘revised’ version of Soviet history declared that Joseph Stalin (although he was not in-charge of the USSR) was responsible for the execution of the Czar and his family. What is interesting is that in the collected works of Lenin and Stalin, there is nothing said about the demise of the Czar’s family, when every significant event of the revolution (and post-revolutionary time period) is recorded. As there are other theories, and given that there is scant objective evidence for the execution of the Czarist family, it might well be the case that the Czarist family was not executed on July 17th, 1918. The death of the Czar is often used by the capitalist system as a means to attack and denigrate Socialism and the Russian Revolution, and turn the Western workers against supporting the Soviet Union in international revolution. Even when Czar Nicholas II (as a prince) visited Japan in 1891, he was attacked by an escorting Japanese police officer (who slashed his fore-head with a sword). Despite this international incident, just nine years later, the imperialist Japanese forces joined with Czarist Russian forces (and other Western powers) in a revenge attack on Beijing (in 1900) in retaliation for the Boxer Uprising – an attack that killed 50,000 Chinese men, women and children. Then, around 1903-1904 Czar Nicholas II sponsored anti-Semitic riots throughout Russia that saw innocent Jewish people attacked and murdered. The Czarist royal family has participated in the death of millions during its reign over Russia, and it is only the capitalists that eulogise its passing. The Russian royal family went missing during 1918, when the Western allies (including fourteen nations comprising of the UK, USA, Japan, Germany and others) invaded Revolutionary Russia with the intention of crushing Socialism and placing the Czar back on the thrown. This is why a local Soviet group might have taken the decision to ‘remove’ the Czar without first seeking authority from Moscow.

The ‘Selective’ Insight of Bart Sibrel

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‘Truthers’ are a curious breed, but in the art of political propaganda they punch well above their weight. As their written articles and Youtube videos are spread insidiously throughout society, it is their attitudes and opinions that permeate the masses in a manner that undermines national governments, and the media such governments control. A child might sit in science lessons all week, learning about the Apollo Moon Missions, but in the evenings and at weekends, access ‘alternative’ media and ingest all kinds of ‘conspiracy’ and ‘hoax’ orientated theories. Adults too, supposedly mature enough to know what’s what, might not agree with everything a conspiracy theorist states, but is nevertheless prone to re-enforcing certain elements of a conspiracy theory (such as implicit attitudes of ‘racism’ toward another ethnic group) that resonates with their ‘gut feeling’. In the case of most ‘truthers’, this implies a heady mix of pro-rightwing politics with an anti-establishment attitude, but NEVER includes a criticism of capitalism. On the Youtube video below, Bart Sibrel gives a very interesting radio interview, explaining ‘why’ he believes the Apollo Moon Landings were ‘faked’ by a desperate US government that had fallen far behind the scientific accomplishments of the Soviet Union. Sibrel quite rightly states that the Soviet Union had (dialectically) been first at every single human achievement in space – but that suddenly (and improbably) the US managed to pull-off the most difficult of space achievements (landing Apollo 11 on the Moon in 1969) as if ‘out of the blue’, and never managed to do anything else like it ever since.

Despite his sometimes cogent and convincing arguments (many of which cannot always be easily dismissed), Bart Sibrel often mentions the Christian bible as being the motivating force behind his anti-establishment attitudes. Normally, ‘creationists’ use the bible to discredit rational science, in an attempt to regress modern society back into a state of theological enthralment, and this must be considered when assessing Bart Sibrel’s over-all intentions. Like many ‘truthers’ with ‘hidden’ rightwing agendas, Bart Sibrel’s logic is often inconsistent, and varies from the brilliant to the absurd – sometimes in very quick succession (a symptom found in many, if not all conspiracy theories). His coverage of China’s Space Programme is one such example, as it perpetuates illogicality and the usual anti-Chinese racism that emanates from within the USA. Bart Sibrel states simultaneously that China internally teaches its school children that the Apollo Moon Landings were ‘faked’, whilst pursuing a foreign policy of stating publically that the Apollo Moon Landings were ‘real’. When asked why he thinks China would follow this strange policy, Bart Sibrel responds by re-enforcing the ‘Tiananmen Square’ myth of 1989. He states that such a strange and contradictory policy should be expected from a country that ran-over its own citizens with ‘tanks’ because they wanted ‘democracy’. It is strange that a man who considers himself an expert in ‘seeing through’ establishment propaganda in the West, is unable to apply the same tools of analysis with regard to Tienanmen Square, and appears to be ‘unaware’ of the Wikileaks revelation that the US government (under Reagan) colluded with the BBC and Fox News to ‘fabricate’ a ‘disturbance’ in Beijing that was apparently ‘pro-Western’ in nature. Chinese people I have met and interviewed who were present in Tienanmen Square on the day in question, tell me that the demonstration was good natured, non-violent and was in support of the China’s Communist Party. As the Wikileaks document reveals, there was no government inspired violence in Beijing on that day, and that the Chinese government’s view was ‘correct’. Furthermore, the Chinese State teaches in its schools that the Apollo Moon Landings happened – but also include references to ‘disputes’ and ‘doubts’ surrounding some of the film footage and photographs. In short, contrary to Bart Sibrel’s statements, the Chinese government has never ‘denied’ the reality of the Moon Landings, despite the fact it acknowledges certain ‘doubts’ held by some Westerners. I include two Chinese language references about this, but there are many more on the Chinese language internet search-engine ‘Baidu’ supporting my observations and disproving those of Bart Sibrel. The point is if Bart Sibrel can be so spectacularly ‘wrong’ about China, how can the rest of what he has to say be ‘trusted’ as fact?

Lastly, Bart Sibrel states that the bible inspired him to search for the truth that is ‘good’. He illustrates this ideal by re-enforcing the Judeo-Christian dichotomy of the universe being split into ‘good’ and ‘evil’ aspects, with ‘good’ being associated with ‘god’, and ‘bad’ with the ‘evil’ of the devil. Bart Sibrel states that to feed a homeless person is ‘good’, whilst to rape someone is bad. What he fails to appreciate is that the ‘capitalist’ socio-economic conditions that generate homelessness is equally bad, and that the ‘capitalist’ socio-economic conditions that create a rapist are also bad – as a Christian he does not look beyond the surface inequalities of life as he perceives them. I would say that feeding a homeless person whilst simultaneously ‘ignoring’ the inequalities within society that create homelessness, can be construed as bad because such action does nothing to uproot the causes of homelessness, but actually perpetuates it. Simply preventing rape on the physical level is useful, but would it not be better to uproot the dysfunctional psychological and physical conditions that lead to this kind of terrible sexual violence? Of course it would, but this would mean that Bart Sibrel would have to extend his criticism of the system to include that of exposing the oppressive nature of capitalism – but as modern Christianity supports capitalism and its inequalities – I suspect Bart Sibrel will not be in any hurry.

English Language Reference:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8555142/Wikileaks-no-bloodshed-inside-Tiananmen-Square-cables-claim.html

Chinese Language References:

https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hans/阿波罗计划 (Apollo Moon Landings as Fact)

https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh/阿波罗登月计划阴谋论 (Apollo Moon Landings as Fake)

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