(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
On January 21st , 2017 in the capital of the Lugansk People’s Republic, there was held a study-meeting by activists involved in the ‘Assist the City’ organization of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of Lugansk, covering the subject of “The origins and significance of Leninism in world history.” The participants of the meeting honoured the memory of the Soviet leader with a minute’s silence and laid flowers at the monument of V.I. Lenin.
The meeting was addressed by the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation – Igor Gumenyuk – the former First Secretary of the Lugansk Regional Committee – Vladimir Zemlyakov – the First People’s Governor of the Lugansk Region – Alexander Kharitonov, the Secretary of the Zhovtnev District Committee of the Communist Party of the Lugansk People’s Republic – Gennady Zarzhevsky, and the Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPLNR on ideology – Oleg Popov. In his speech, Igor Gumenyuk stated: “Everything that makes life possible in our (Socialist) Republics, as well as in the Russian Federation and even the Ukraine, (which has taken the course for ‘de-Communisation’), this includes whole infrastructure, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and palaces of culture – it was all devised and built by Lenin! Factories, power stations, railway tracks – also built according to plans put forward by Ilyich! While our society lives on the basis of Socialist gains, the name of the founder of our Communist Party cannot be erased from the memory of people! For his name will ring even more loudly, like the alarm, for all the underprivileged having to exist in the savage conditions of capitalism, which continues to bring us famine, devastation and war!
Throughout all cities and districts of the Lugansk People’s Republic, the Communists laid flowers on the monuments dedicated to the memory of Soviet leader V.I. Lenin.