On Why George Galloway Should be in the Labour Party

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As Tony Benn once said, the Labour Party isn’t ‘Socialist’, even though from time to time it may have Socialists in it. I think this has been true of the Labour Party for much of its history, even though one of its key founders was the British Socialist Party. Of course, the BSP transformed into the ‘Communist Party of Great Britain’ (CPGB) in 1920, after the successful Russian Revolution of 1917 – acting in contradiction to the position of the anti-Communist British government of the day, that was acting inaccordance with the USA (and 12 other countries including a recently defeated Germany), by supplying British (working class) troops into Russia, in an attempt to destroy the fledgling ‘Socialist’ regime. It was thought at the time that the BSP could ‘transform’ into the CPGB simply as a matter of procedure, but even as early as 1920, there were dark anti-Socialist forces at work in the Labour Party. The Labour Party, despite its Unionist, working class roots, had been infiltrated by middle class men who brought their own particular brand of capitalist-friendly, bourgeois leftism to bear on the party’s direction. This dominance by the middle class over the working class within the Labour Party at the point of contact, mimicked exactly the situation that existed in broader society outside the Labour Party, and ironically represented the very inequality the Labour Party was originally founded to combat through effective (and collective) social and political action. As a consequence of middle class sophistry (and without as much as a whimper from the working class membership), it was decided that the BSP could not simply transform into the CPGB and retain its central position in the Labour Party. It was further decided that the BSP no longer existed as a legal entity when it transitioned into the CPGB, and that as a consequence, the CPGB was a ‘new’ political entity that would have to apply for ‘association’ with the Labour Party – an application that was swiftly ‘blocked’, and remains blocked to this day. Furthermore, the bourgeois powers that be in the Labour Party added the Communist Party to a proscribed list of potential members – which explains why Communists today are not permitted to hold Labour Party membership. This reality also explains how the Labour Party broke with the working class ideologies of Socialism (both religiously utopic and Marxist-Engels inspired), and with Communism (Marxist-Leninism) quite early on in its development, despite still pursuing a left-leaning rhetoric often misconstrued as being ‘Socialistic’.

Having firmly set the agenda of Labour’s non-Socialist and in many ways anti-working class agenda, it is important to state that the Labour Party has had individual members that have held Socialist or Communist views, but who have not been ‘official’ members of any other political party. Indeed, there has also been, in the early days, Labour MPs who openly described themselves as ‘Communist’, before the proscription against Marxist-Leninism was more robustly enforced. I would add that although a party of the left, the Labour Party as a historical movement has remained alarmingly ‘unprincipled’, despite the good intentions of some of its members. Its generally ‘anti-Soviet’ position, and its routine support for imperialism, coupled with its racist expulsion of over 1,500 Chinese people from London in 1946 (just because they were ‘Chinese’) attest to this fact.

As the Labour Party is experiencing something of a leftwing renaissance at the moment under the left-sounding (and incredibly popular) Jeremy Corbyn, I think the time is right for George Galloway to be re-admitted to the Labour Party with the caveat that he be recognised as a political martyr for the leftwing cause, because he stood-up to the rightwing policies of Tony Blair throughout that former prime minister’s tenure in Office, and is still active in campaigning for Tony Blair to face War Crimes charges for his illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. Of course, I do not agree with George Galloway’s eulogising of the anti-working class Winston Churchill, his sentimentalism regarding Britain’s imperialist wars, his leftist nationalism, his sharing of a political platform with the racist Nigel Farage, or his routine anti-Soviet viewpoints – but I do believe his ‘Socialist’ heart is in the right place, and my family very much appreciate his expressed support for Communist China. Politicians often appear inconsistent when in the public eye, particularly when they are trying to achieve the exact opposite effect. George Galloway often says not only what he thinks, but also quite often what he ‘feels’. This is why on occasion he appears to ‘contradict’ himself – at least he is honest – and is one of only a few political figures in the UK that actually takes the time to directly engage the general public on social media. In fact, he is the only mainstream political figure that I have directly communicated with on Twitter, or am likely to communicate with. As I said to him then – I think he should not only be re-admitted into the Labour Party – but I believe the leftwing momentum could be maintained when Jeremy Corbyn eventually steps down (hopefully after being prime minister), if George Galloway were to become Labour Parry leader. His vast experience of the real world is exactly what Labour needs. Finally, the Labour Party cannot be kept on a leftist course if there are no credible leftwing politicians to direct it. In many ways, the wilderness years of George Galloway’s political career (outside the Labour Party) have not only been full of meaning, bravery, tragedy and stunning success, but have preserved his leftism in a pure (but enhanced) form, free from the need to conform to the rigours of Blairite rightism, and general Labour Party duplicity. He has been outside a Labour Party that has lurched so far to the right in recent times, that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish it from the Tory Party it is said to oppose! Jeremy Corbyn would do well to recognise this reality, and bolster the strength of his position by bringing George Galloway back into the Labour Party!

Reconstructing JV Stalin – Exposing the Myths, Lies & Fraud

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Original Russian Language Posted On: http://politrussia.com

Original Authors: Ilya Belous (Илья Белоус), Yuri Belous (Юрий Белоус)

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD

At this present time, scientific and public interest in the ‘true’ personality of Stalin is growing. In December 2014, more than a half (52%) of those questioned by the Levada Center expressed positive viewpoints about Stalin’s historical role in Russia. Those expressing negative viewpoints – measured less than a third (30%). This result was something of a sensation – after 60 years of attempts to forget and even destroy the personality of the Secretary General, his authority remains very high.

Before the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory over fascism, Stalin’s authority resurged. Many people were astonished to witness posters with his image appearing in Krasnodar, Makhachkala, Yekaterinburg and other cities, on ‘steel-buses’ in St. Petersburg, the installation of monuments in Lipetsk and the Crimea (still in the planning stage in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg), the opening of memorial plaques in Simferopol and Ussuriisk. These are just some of the examples that greatly disturbed the liberal media and politicians. This is an astonishing development considering the false propaganda used against Stalin by the West and Khrushchev in the USSR.

Argument 1. In the era of Stalin, evidence shows that the population increased, and under the capitalist liberals in the nineties – catastrophically declined.

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The green line in the graph indicates the population growth in percent (the higher the line, the higher the percentage), and, despite the wars, the best dynamics are just in the days of Stalin, and one of the best – in 1937. Population demography is an essential qualitative indicator of the standard of living. From 1926 to 1954, despite the famine and the Great Patriotic War, the population grew by 50 million people. However, such a drop in population, as in the case of the capitalist liberal-era of post-1991, was not seen in the USSR even during the times of warfare and famine! For comparison: from 1991 to 1999, the natural growth of the population was minus 5.8 million people, that is, instead of growth (through capitalism), it was alarmingly reduced (by capitalism). As the liberal reformer Anatoly Chubais callously explained the deaths, ‘They did not fit into the free market.’

In the Great Patriotic War, the Soviet people’s losses amounted to 6.3 million servicemen killed and died from wounds, 555,000 died from illnesses that died as a result of accidents, sentenced to death (according to reports of troops, medical institutions, military tribunals) and 4.5 million wounded in captivity and missing. The total demographic losses (including the dead civilian population in the occupied territory and the increased mortality in the rest of the USSR from the adversities of the war) amounted to around a conservative 26.6 million people (with other estimates being between 34 – 40 million combined Soviet losses).  Even in the military and post-war years of the USSR, there was no such drop in the population as in the nineties, which turned out to be even worse for Russia in the demographic sense. The liberal policy of the nineties led the country to a demographic catastrophe, whilst under Stalin’s leadership the USSR escaped such a disaster.

Argument 2. Industrial production grew at a high rate.

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Under Stalin, a powerful national (industrial) production was created. Before the war in terms of gross industrial output, the USSR became the second power in the world; Quite a bit behind the United States, but ahead of any single European country (Industrialization of the USSR, 1933-1937 Documents and materials .- M .: Nauka, 1971. – p. 598). Soviet industry was born and, most importantly, operated in the very 1930s, when, after the great financial crisis, the economies of the capitalist countries actually slumped on the spot. On the other hand, Soviet industrialization changed the balance of world power. From the point of view of industrial development, non-Russian republics were not only not discriminated against, but also found themselves in a preferential position, and some of them (in Central Asia) developed faster than other parts of the country. The former peripheral republics were actively involved in the Soviet economic transformation. Impressive growth of personnel was noted in the field of education: the number of personnel in the Narkompros system doubled over the same period: from 1.3 million to 3.7 million people. Also doubled was the number of people employed in health care and research institutions. These figures show that industrialization, as it was successful, began to yield beneficial results not only in the form of strengthening the country’s economic potential alone, but also throughout the surrounding countries. On the national outskirts, where people did not know how to read and write, a network of scientific and research institutions, universities, schools, and libraries were established.

By 1937 in the USSR, 13 economies were created. The country could produce any equipment, including military equipment. In 1953, Korolev carried out the development of a draft design for a two-stage long-range ballistic missile weighing up to 170 tons with a detachable warhead weighing 3 tons for a range of 8,000 kilometres. The successful project became the bases of all the further successes in space. Diametrically opposed to this trend are the (capitalist) liberal nineties, where Russian society was turned upside down, and Soviet progression destroyed through the Western ideology of capitalist greed. The liberal nineties saw the systematic destruction of Soviet science and industrial progression, and represented the exact opposite of the development seen during the USSR years. Under Stalin, the country worked and created, a policy that worked due to the high level of discipline and the presence of a national idea. In terms of per capita growth rates in the USSR were significantly higher than in any of the developed countries of the world.

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Argument 3. The standard of living under Stalin was the best in modern history.

In our time, the ‘hamburger course’ (or ‘how many hamburgers can be bought for salaries in different countries?’) is quite popular. Why should we, in Russia, poison ourselves in the literal sense, for this food? Let’s measure the standard of living with potatoes!

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According to this schedule, we reached the level of 1953 only in 1970, but now we are lower – and this is with all the technologies and progress! The standard of living was to grow many times, but it does not grow. Why? Can there be an answer on the surface – due to the phenomenon of Stalinist leadership? We should study this phenomenon and not just focus upon the rigidity of government. The market of products has grown today due to their production in factory enterprises, rather than due to small peasant farms. It was this goal that Stalin’s collectivization pursued. Those who actively obstructed the State course, created a threat to the policy and were naturally punished, but why should this be surprising, and was it a feature of a particular country at that time? In 1953, the average salary in the USSR was 719 roubles, that is, 179 dollars at the then rate. Taking into account inflation in terms of today – about 1600 – 1700 dollars. Now the average salary is not more than 500 dollars, with the most profit going into the hands of the 10% that constitute the richest. It turns out that never after Stalin did the people earn so much money. If you take into account the so-called ‘social package’: apartments, free education, vouchers, medical care. Things were by far better for ordinary people under Stalin in the USSR.

Under Stalin, a society of social justice, and a society for working people was built. The authority of Stalin before the war (and especially after the war) was so great that it threatened the (capitalist) oligarchy. Due to Stalin’s authority, Communist States and Movements began to spread across all continents. The only way out for the (capitalist) oligarchy was to launch a campaign to humiliate Stalin, first to besmirch and demean his ‘personally’, and then misrepresent and demonise the USSR, China and the Communists in all countries.

It was through the criticism of Stalin’s cult of personality that Khrushchev caused the deterioration of relations with Communist China. The “Thaw” in the USSR was used to a greater extent by the CIA. The so called ‘A breath of fresh western air’ was a spoonful of honey in a barrel of tar. The country was inundated with representatives of Western services, which were subversive to the idealogical well-being of the USSR. They already had to deal with Brezhnev, but China became an ally of the United States. In the implementation of the principle of peaceful coexistence with the countries of European ‘democracy’ Khrushchev himself already collided with the ‘pro-American club’ in the UN. An epiphany came to Khrushchev late, with his support for the anti-US Fidel Castro, Patrice Lumumba, and Nkrumah Kwame, put an end to the ‘Soviet thaw’ and sparked a new round of ‘cold war’ hostilities. What else did Khrushchev do? He transferred the Crimea to the Ukrainian SSR, thereby intensifying the West’s program for ‘liberating Ukraine from the USSR’ (we recall that such a ‘case’ was instituted under Stalin).

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Three arguments refuting Anti-Stalinist Propaganda.

Counter-Argument 1. Stalin unleashed the Second World War.

The war was already in progress in 1935. In 1935-1936, Mussolini captured the only independent state in Africa, Ethiopia. In the years 1936-1939 Italian-German fascist aggression was happening in Spain, through which the Socialist Republic was eventually overthrown, and the fascist government of Franco established. Between 1937-1945 – the Japanese-Chinese War was in full effect. The Japanese captured Manchuria. The invasion of China was carried out by Japan – the ally of Hitler – as part of the Anti-Comintern Bloc. In 1938, Hitler had already annexed Austria and the Sudetenland. In March 1939, the whole of Czechoslovakia was next to fall. At the same time, we are assured that the world war began on September 1, 1939, by Hitler’s attack on Poland, and that subsequently, Stalin unleashed the war. In fact the war began in 1935-1937 with the tacit consent of Britain, France and the United States. And in 1938, with the open consent in Munich. The allies declared the beginning of the world war from the date of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, as a means to blame Stalin for the war, and as far as possible, absolve Hitler of any direct blame. The USSR, having entered Red Army troops in September 1939 in Poland, saved the Ukrainian and Byelorussian peoples from Hitler’s holocaust. All of the Western democracies deliberately obscure the Hitlerite racial programme entitled ‘Ost’ – which was formulated as the ‘liberation’ of the land from the ‘subhuman’ Slavs to the Urals, to make way for Nazi German colonisation. The extermination of Poles, Jews, Gypsies, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanians was in preparation for the complete ‘Germanization’ of these areas.

Counter-Argument 2. Repression. The excesses in repression were a provocation of the fifth column.

This fact is documented. The counter-argument is confirmed by archival materials. Marshal of the Soviet Union (1935) MN Tukhachevsky, repressed in 1937 on the ‘Military Cause’, wrote in his manuscript that since 1932, with the support of Britain and Germany, he was preparing a conspiracy of generals that the Entente and Kolchak failed to accomplish. This time the goal was the overthrow of Stalin (there were plans for physical elimination). The proof of this is, in addition to the Tukhachevsky manuscript, declassified Soviet, German, British documents.

In the Central Committee of the CPSU (B), the conspiracy was led by the Lithuanian, Joseph Vareikis, who ‘distinguished himself’ in the first post of Secretary of the Dalarkai Committee of the CPSU (b) in 1937 by drawing up ‘execution lists’ and deporting Koreans to Central Asia. On September 8th, Vareykis sent Joseph Stalin a report on the work done, in which he told about the situation in the Far East and about the successes in exposing the enemies of the people. He reported that 500 spies were identified and shot only among railway workers.

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Joseph ‘Juozas’ Vareikis 1894-1938

However, Vareikis was shot as a traitor on the verdict of the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the USSR. Particularly intense was the sabotage work on the national outskirts (including in Ukraine) with the aim of the collapse of the USSR. The plans of the (capitalist) West to shake the Soviet regime included a provocation with the drawing up of ‘shoot lists’ – to create the ‘myth’ of sacred sacrifices in the West. Against the background of the counter-operation of the OGPU-NKVD ‘against pests’, the slandering of honest people began, which included their inclusion on these lists. Then the so-called regional ‘firing troika’, consisting of the head of the regional department of the NKVD, the secretary of the regional committee and the regional prosecutor, was included in the work. The decisions were made by the three in absentia on the materials of the cases submitted by the NKVD authorities, and in some cases, and in the absence of any materials, on the lists of detainees submitted, even by telegraph (for example, from Igarka to Krasnoyarsk). The procedure for dealing with cases was free, no protocols were kept. A characteristic feature of cases considered by the “troika” was the minimum number of documents on the basis of which a decision was made to apply repression. By decision of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the CPSU (B) No. P65 / 116 of November 17, 1938, judicial trios were liquidated. The cases were referred to courts or to the Special Meeting of the NKVD of the USSR.

Supporting Fact 2. In the ‘years of repression’ in the USSR, there were no more people behind bars than in modern America. The number of victims of repression is overestimated.

Unbelievable but true. According to the International Center for Prison Studies (ICPS), today in an exemplary-democratic and free USA for one hundred thousand people there is an average of 738 people behind bars, or in absolute terms – 2 217 000 people in prison. For comparison, in Russia now this figure is 460 people per one hundred thousand, or 673 818 people.

According to statistics, which VN. Zemskov published in the magazine ‘Sotsis’, in the 1930s in the USSR, on average, there were 583 prisoners per one hundred thousand. Very important is the reservation that at that time in the USSR, according to eyewitness accounts, most of the criminals were behind bars, and in modern Russia, because of too liberal laws, often criminals are walking free.

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The Memorial Society, which is funded by the US NED Foundation, in an interview with Ekho Moskvy – he too was carried away by manipulating figures. The mechanism of manipulating the consciousness of society with political goals is expertly disclosed by the Soviet Russian scientist Sergei Georgievich Kara-Murza in his book, a training manual for students ‘Manipulation of consciousness.’ In Chapter 17, ‘Impact on the Equipping of the Mind’ dealing information with war programmes, this involves the effectiveness of the destruction of a person’s ability to ‘weigh’ phenomena, loss of sense of proportion when manipulating numbers, is particularly noted in the information warfare programmes: ‘It is not that a person loses the instrument of measurement and reduces accuracy,’ ‘He loses the very coordinating system into which we place reality in order to orient ourselves in it. and make more or less correct conclusions.’

‘The largest campaign to manipulate consciousness is with the help of numbers,’ in his opinion, was associated with Stalin’s repression: ‘Public consciousness still rejects any rational information about the actual quantitative scale of repression. So, it was their quantitative side that was important for manipulators.’

Similar machinations were made with the number of ‘kulak links’, and with the fate of Soviet prisoners of war returned after the German captivity, etc. Thus, the Soviet and Russian historians and writers, and the director of the State Museum of the History of the Gulag, Anton Vladimirovich Antonov-Ovseyenko wrote in his article: ‘According to General Supply Directorate of the Gulag, on remuneration in jails there were almost 16 million – according to the number of paikodachs in the first post-war years.’

However, the work of Sergei Kara-Murza exposes this falsification: ‘In the list of persons who used this document, Antonov-Ovseyenko’s surname is missing. Consequently, he did not see this document and interprets it using someone elses words, with a gross distortion of meaning. If AV Antonov-Ovseyenko saw this document, he would probably have paid attention to the comma between figures 1 and 6, since in reality in the fall of 1945 there were 1.6 million and not 16 million prisoners in the camps and colonies of the Gulag, Prisoners. In the materials of the all-Union population censuses of 1937 and 1939, the strength of the special contingent of the NKVD of group ‘B’ (prisoners and labourers) coincides with our data taken from the statistic records of the GULAG of the USSR NKVD, and the prison administration of the USSR NKVD and the Department of Labour Settlements of the GULAG of the NKVD USSR.’

It is a simple manipulation – remove the comma, and launch the false number in the media – and hundreds of millions of people believe it. When a stereotype arose, no arguments will change a mind already full of fear and used to being manipulated. Supposed political victims of repression were rare, whilst in reality most were ordinary criminals who were extradited. This is confirmed by the statistics of crimes. In 1940, with a population of 193 million people. In the USSR there were 6,549 murders, and in 2005 in Russia, with a population of 145 million people, there were almost 5 times more murders – 30,800.

Counter-Argument 3. Stalin dealt with the church and priests: falsification.

Archbishop Luke, Russian spiritual writer, Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church; From May 1946, the archbishop of Simferopol and the Crimea, testifies that Stalin never fought the church: ‘Stalin fought for the greatness of Russia and actually preserved the Church of Christ from the pogrom carried out by the Trotskyites, most of them hated the Church, Russia, and the Russian people with Its history. Stalin preserved Russia, showed what it means to the world. Therefore, as an Orthodox Christian and a Russian patriot, I bow low to Stalin.’ Under Stalin, the State did not interfere in the affairs of the church, the church was free.’

In relation to religion, to the servants of the Russian Orthodox Church and to the Orthodox believers, the Central Committee decides: ‘1) It is inadvisable to continue the practice of the organs of the NKVD of the USSR with regard to the arrests of the servants of the Russian Orthodox Church, the persecution of believers. 2) Instruction of Comrade Ulyanov (Lenin) on May 1, 1919 for N13666-2 ‘On Combating Priests and Religion’, addressed to the pre. VChK to Comrade Dzerzhinsky, and all the relevant instructions of the Cheka – OGPU – NKVD, concerning the persecution of the Russian Orthodox Church servants and Orthodox believers – should be cancelled.’ EXTRACT FROM THE PROTOCOL N98 MEETING OF THE POLITBUREAU OF THE CC OF 11/11/1939.

The result. The personality of Stalin remains both historically and scientifically deficient in study. The demonization of his image in the West and in the USSR after his death does not allow scientists, even after the discovery of secret archives, to recreate a true picture of the life of the country in the reign of JV Stalin. The demonization of Stalin logically turned into demonization of the image of the whole country. Throughout Europe and the USA there is a biased attitude towards the head of state Joseph Stalin, whose image is even viewed as being worse than the war crimes committed by Adolf Hitler and his accomplices.

Based on the above, we submit the following provisions for public discussion:

1. The positive image of JV Stalin should be returned not only to the history of Russia, but also to the history of the world.

2. The merits of JV Stalin as a statesman are enormous. Stalin saved Russia from destruction after the First World War and the ensuing revolution, civil war and intervention. It is hardly possible to blame Stalin for all these upheavals. He did not give in to the countries of the Entente and the United States, and did not allow these enemies to tear the country to pieces. Moreover, he was able to restore almost all of Russia within the borders of the USSR, thus creating the conditions for all non-Russian republics to become economically and culturally prosperous state formations. None of these peoples before the USSR had a developed Statehood.

3. Stalin’s merits in the field of national construction are great. On the site of the ruins after the wars in Russia, he created a powerful Union of Soviet Socialist States, a supranational association that does not have any to compare to in history. Within the framework of the USSR, in the shortest time, all large and small peoples realized their rights. This is particularly true for the peoples of Central Asia, who have received their Statehood (i.e. Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan). In 1936, there was the right to work (there was no unemployment), the right to free education, the right to free medicine, and the right to rest (in all republics and regions there were built health resorts for adults, youth and children) all of which were guaranteed in the USSR. There was also access for each person to cultural activities: including books, Newspapers, cinema, theatre, museums, Statehood and the development of national culture. Schools, colleges, technical schools, universities, research institutes, and branches of the Academy of Sciences quickly spreading to the national outskirts, as well as industrial enterprises.

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4. ‘The Stalinist system of labour’ was built on other economic laws, on a different socio-economic organization. European democracy, based on the pursuit of profit and capital markets, the Soviet system opposed exploitative labour and exploitative production. This system was created, functioned perfectly and was reflected in the shortest possible time in the successes of industrialization. Under Stalin, a society of social justice was built that did not know the bourgeois contradictions in the world that the Renaissance humanists dreamed of, based on a new socio-economic organization, excluding the wild laws of capitalist competition, which assert the dominance in the economy and politics (including international politics) of the financial oligarchy.

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5. The process of uniting millions of people into collectives was started, in which the workers created new forms of self-organization in production, culture, sports, and crime control. All this was a manifestation of a genuine, different form of existence to that found in the Western democracies. Under Stalin, a society with humanistic values ​​was formed: collectivism, mutual assistance, diligence, internationalism, respect for elders, the desire to constantly improve their educational and cultural level. All this formed the basis for educating the youth. Organizations of the children’s pioneer and youth Komsomol movement also have no equivalent in the world.

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6. In economics, the material values created in the Stalin years were enormous. The USSR became a country with the most advanced industry, the strategy of an import-substituting economy was successfully implemented. The USSR could produce any machinery and any equipment, including equipment for nuclear power. The foundations were laid for the creation of high-tech agriculture.

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7. Stalin built a State that was not only able to protect its sovereignty during the Second World War, but also to save Europe and the world from fascism. During the Second World War he showed himself as a talented commander. In many cities of Europe and Asia they honour the memory of Stalin, who led the world’s greatest army to  victory over fascism. Streets and squares carry his name, sometimes even Stalin’s statues are found in many cities throughout Europe and Asia. Most of the monuments were demolished in the 1990s, an act of vandalism of a generation of children who did not know service at the front and the war against fascism, and had forgotten how people went into battle and died with the name of Stalin on their lips, how in three shifts from small to large they forged metal for Victory.

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8. The rehabilitation of Stalin’s name will be a significant event for modern history. Today we observe the phenomena, in many respects similar to those with which our country collided 70-80 years ago. Russia is restoring its authority in the world, becoming a country independent of foreign influence. In this regard, the West initiated an information war against our people, against our successes in State building, against our President Vladimir Putin. In Russia itself, agents of the West have once again become more active.

Today, Russians are better able to understand the difficulties that their grandfathers encountered while building their sovereign State of a non-Western pattern. The ‘democratic’ West again tries not to allow us to go our own unique civilised way, and to make our own national choice, for which our Veterans have shed blood.

The rehabilitation of Stalin not only will prove our right to our national course, but it will also be an excellent hint for the ‘fifth column’ that the politeness of our people can not last forever. It will also be an act of the political will of the Russian people to support the President’s firm actions and policies aimed at strengthening the sovereignty of the country, to freeing it from Western economic dependence, and to clearing the perverse Western values ​​which are like a plague.

Today it becomes obvious: there was no cult of Stalin’s personality, there was a unity of the people around the leader in a complex war against internal and external aggression for the preservation of the Motherland. Similarly we are now consolidating around our leader. We already hear how the liberals talk about the personality cult of Putin.

It is absolutely justified today to review the role of personalities in history, which have preserved Russia, prevented its division and turned into a raw appendage of the West. On the contrary, it is necessary to give a historical assessment of the actions of the liberal rulers of the country, who, under the leadership of Western services, disorganized Russia and the USSR. The country must know the true heroes who served and strengthened the Motherland, and anti-heroes – those who destroyed it.

The wave of Stalin’s popularity is now growing, so both monuments and posters will appear. This is understandable: because only now we have become aware of the context of the domestic and world history of the 1930s. Now the spirit of fascism is again hovering over the world. The war is already being waged against Russia, conducted by new sophisticated methods and technologies. In the absence of opposition to this war, conditions for a crisis will again be created in Russia, as it was in the 1990s. Can we withstand again?

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At the same time, ruthless figures and declassified documents show that most of the negative material about Stalin is fabricated. We propose to get rid of the stereotype, study the materials, restore historical justice, inscribe Stalin’s name in his era, see, for example, that next to the broken destinies of the Soviet peasants were the same broken destinies of American farmers in 1929, a million of which went ‘nowhere’, the middle class in the USA was completely ruined. These were the harsh laws of capitalist industrialization.

Historical facts show: Joseph Stalin was no more cruel than his contemporaries Churchill, Truman or Allen Dulles. The facts help to conclude that Stalin the ‘false’ Statesman is a fabrication of West historiography, and that, especially annoyingly, is the habit of some modern Russians to betray the Motherland, by taking on the fabrication about Stalin, and treating the lies as ‘truth’.

Soviet power lived in wartime and operated under the laws of the Soviet era. We believe that the truth will prevail. Stalin, who re-assembled a country that had been smashed to pieces, made it one and the greatest on Earth, and foresaw the information warfare initiated by the West, and rightly declared it a heap of debris, which the wind of history will disperse, and which will be delivered to his grave after death.

So it’s time to let this wind do its thing.

Authors Ilya Belous, Yuri Belous

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

Original Russian Language Article:

http://politrussia.com/istoriya/menya-sprosili-nuzhen-456/

 

On Why Stalin was not a Homophobe

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Of course, LGBTQ people are people first and fore-most, and a sexual preference secondarily, although the persecution this group of people face everyday throughout the world, due to their sexuality, draws that sexuality out into the open so that it often obscures the personalities and characters of those concerned. This is because ‘gayness’ (and its many varieties) has not been allowed to ‘normalise’, and is still seen by any people as being ‘wrong’ or even an ‘aberration’. As a consequence, gay people do not all think the same, and certainly do not all agree on he finer points of politics. Gay people have been known to hold leftist, centrist, and rightist political view-points, even though it has been the rightwing that has enshrined their persecution in ideological lore. I have also noticed a Trotskyite tendency within the gay left that purposely demonises and misrepresents the Soviet Union, referring to Lenin and Stalin as homphobes. Gay people who think this way should be ashamed of themselves. Lenin was one of the first world leaders to abolish homophobic laws in 1917, and Stalin, during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) committed hundreds of thousands of Soviet troops into areas of the Western USSR that were facing the grim possibility of Nazi German occupation – as a means to hold-out as long as possible to prevent a holocaust against Soviet Citizens being perpetuated! As a consequence, during the Battle of Kiev for example, hundreds of thousands of Soviet men and women died or were taken prisoner trying to stop the Nazi Germans from occupying the land. This sacrifice was on the direct orders of Joseph Stalin – who knew only too well what laid in store for the Soviet populations of homosexuals, Romany, disabled, Jews, Bolsheviks and anyone not considered racially pure or ideologically sound. Of course, many gay people are misled by the US-generated Cold War lies -which after 1945 depicted the USSR as being nothing different to Hitler’s Nazi German regime. The differences are in fact stark and multitudinous. I once asked a gay person who was espousing anti-Soviet propaganda what he thought of the 40 million Soviet men, women and children who died during the war with Nazi Germany? He just stared at me open mouthed and muttered something about Communist propaganda! There is no evidence that Stalin was homophobic in any Russian language text, but the idea that he was, has a certain currency in (false) Western narratives that seek to demonise Communism and Communist leaders. It was the Nazi German regime that was homophobic – and not the Soviet regime that confronted it. This video explains the circumstances surrounding the Battle of Kiev – and details the Nazi German holocaust that was committed in the Ukraine almost immediately after the Nazi Germans conquered the area.

Joe Bugner and Hungarian Neo-Nazism

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The former British and Australian heavyweight boxer – Joe Bugner is in fact Hungarian born ‘József Kreul Bugner’, whose parents left Hungary after the 1956 neo-Nazi uprising was put-down by the Soviet Red Army. In the West, the 1956 neo-Nazi uprising in Hungary was presented as a ‘freedom’ movement, and its crushing interpreted as yet another act of senseless oppression, perpetuated by the Soviet Union. Why did Joe Bugner’s family leave Hungary after a ruthless and murderous neo-Nazi uprising was quelled – and the normalcy of a Socialist government restored? The only answer that makes sense is that the Bugner family was involved in supporting the neo-Nazi movement in Hungary, which over a decade before had seen the Hungarian government (and Hungarian armed forces) actively assist Adolf Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union (1941-1945), and fully participate in the holocaust committed there. Although Joe Bugner was born in 1950 (being only 6 years old when his family emigrated to the UK in 1956), obviously he would have absorbed the far rightwing attitudes of his parents – with no questions asked about his family background when he settled in the capitalist West. The Soviet Union had been fighting neo-Nazi insurgencies in the Ukraine from 1945-1947, with sporadic uprisings occurring up until around 1955. The Soviet Archives reveal that the Ukrainian neo-Nazis were found to be armed with British, American and Nazi German weaponry, as were the neo-Nazi insurgents of Hungary in 1956. There is also evidence that the situation was compounded when Khrushchev ordered the release of thousands of Hungarian men who had voluntarily fought in the Nazi German armed forced during WWII (who had committed all kinds of atrocities in the USSR), back into Hungary unregulated, just prior to the neo-Nazi uprising in 1956.

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Hungarian Communist Official Beaten to Death by Hungarian Neo-Nazis (1956)

It is interesting to note that Nazi Germany had nearly destroyed the UK during WWII, and yet just 11 after the end of that war, the UK was giving ‘British Citizenship’ to Hungarian neo-Nazis – no questions asked. Of course, this all happened due to the distortions of the US-led Cold War, which in a relatively short time period, managed to re-write history and persuade the Western world that night was day, and black was white, etc. From the late 1940’s, the US presented the Soviet Union as being exactly the same as the Nazi German regime the Red Army had taken a key part in destroying. Also down-played and hidden from view was the fact that around 40 million Soviet men, women and children died in the fight against Nazi Germany – and in the holocaust Hitler initiated in that country. As matters transpired, (and taking into account that there were rumours of General Tito of Yugoslavia agitating in assisting the neo-Nazi insurgency in Socialist Hungary), the Soviet Red Army – exercising extreme self-discipline – separated the two sides and arrested the perpetrators. This is why over-all casualties are reported in Soviet Records as being around 3000 killed. In the meantime, Joe Bugner made a career in the capitalist West presenting his racism, bigotry and misogyny as a playful eccentricity.

Russian Language Source:

http://проза.рф/2016/10/26/1916

Islington Museum: Statue of Lenin (24.6.2017)

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Visiting Islington Museum

I was contacted recently by a friend living in Russia, who had found a very interesting article on the Russian language internet (celebrating the 95th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution), featuring photographs and brief descriptions of Lenin statues around the world. (see: 95-й годовщине Великой Октябрьской социалистической революции посвящается)  He was surprised to see a photograph included, of a Lenin statue in the heart of London (probably taken in the 1930’s) being respectfully admired by British Socialists – and guarded by a British police constable! This is the photograph in question:

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The Russian language text accompanying this photograph reads:

‘‘Бюст Ленина в музее лондонского района Ислингтон. Ранее он стоял на Холфорд-сквер, но после начала холодной войны его убрали в хранилище.’

This seems to state in English translation:

”Bust of Lenin in a Museum situated in the London area of Islington. Previously, he was standing on Holford Square, but after the start of the Cold War, he was removed to the vault.’

I have been informed that the photograph above is in fact the Lenin statue in Holford Square (Kings Cross) – where it was placed in a frame at eye level. The bust is now on display half a mile away in Islington Museum on St John Street, Islington. The original bust was placed outside the modernist housing development ‘Lenin House’, designed by Soviet (Georgian) architect Berthold Lubetkin. He named the housing project after Lenin because it is opposite the site where Lenin and Krupskaya lived when they were in London in 1907. The bust of Lenin was attacked and vandalised by British fascists throwing black paint on it when it was first erected. Eventually it was moved to safe keeping in Islington Town Hall, and is today in Islington Museum. After WWII, the housing block was renamed ‘Bevin House’ after the Labour Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin. These are the photographs we took of the Lenin statue during our very enjoyable visit to Islington Museum yesterday.

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Lenin in Piramida [Пирамида] (USSR)

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Piramida (Пирамида) was a Soviet settlement and coal-mining community situated on the freezing archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. It was founded by Sweden in 1910 (during Czarist times) but was sold to the Soviet Union in 1927. Its name is pronounced ‘Pyramiden’ in Swedish – apparently referring to a ‘pyramid’), and despite surviving the collapse of the USSR, it was finally closed in 1998. As the area is isolated, and the climate harsh, Piramida quite literally remains ‘frozen’ in time, as it is only accessible via snow-mobile. Today, a small trickle of tourists come to observe the statue of Lenin that dominates the area, and the Soviet-era architecture and artwork. This place demonstrates the Soviet spirit of progression and the scientific will-power of humanity to dominate and subordinate the forces of nature to the development of human society and the eventual establishment of Communism.

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Russian Language References:

http://shnyagi.net/8392-zabroshennyy-sovetskiy-poselok-piramida-v-norvegii.html

https://naked-science.ru/article/top/10-samykh-interesnykh-gorodov?page=1

http://www.lacamorra.ru/2013/08/blog-post_22.html?m=1

 

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (1995): By James W. Loewen

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The Homepage of James W. Loewen

This is not a new book, but it gives the state of play in US pseudo-history manufacturing up until 1995 (although it was re-published in 2008) – 5 years after the first Gulf War (1990-91), 4 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991), 2 years after a massacre occurred outside the Russian parliament (committed by the new capitalist authorities against supporters of the Soviet Union) 1993, and 2 years after President Clinton signed into law (in 1993) a statue to be placed in a Washington park, purportedly commemorating the so-called ‘Victims of Communism’ (this statue wasn’t unveiled until 2004 by George W Bush). This book covers what I would call ‘foundational’ historical myths that fabricate past US history so that it falls into line with US Cold War policy (which depicts the US through the filter of Judeo-Christian mythology, with America being ‘good’ (and ‘god-like), and the Soviet Union (and Communist Bloc) as being ‘evil’ (and ‘Devil-like’). This observation explains why it is that the US population more or less exists is a state of ‘official’ ignorance, and lives it’s life through officially manufactured historical myths. For instance, the lie is often taught that Black people took-over the government of the Southern States after the American Civil War – but were so ‘unable’ that Whites had take back control (when in fact, Blacks and Whites successfully administered the government of Mississippi). President Woodrow Wilson was a notorious racist who intensified ‘segregation’ in the US, pursued a policy of invading South American counties, and continuously misrepresented Russia as a potential aggressor – with many Americans not knowing that the US invaded Revolutionary Russia between 1918-1920 (under Wilson’s direction). Helen Keller – the blind and death lady who learned to effectively read and write – became a radical Socialist in her adulthood due to the fact that disability affected by far the poor and the working class due to poverty, discrimination and oppression. Of course, the US media turned against her, and printed all kinds of discriminatory articles – not only demeaning her life, career and abilities – but also proving the point she was making. Of course, just as the US authorities misrepresent its own history, it also misrepresents the the history of the International Communist Movement (i.e. the Soviet Union, China and Vietnam, etc). It is interesting how a proportion of Black America – now view the principle of ‘integration’ as wrong – mimicking the attitudes held by many White racists! of course, a whole new chapter of lies has been written since the 911 terror attacks in 2001. Finally, you can tell why Trump got into power when 22% of US college students thought the Vietnam War was fought between North and South Korea – and only ended when Truman dropped the A-Bomb on Vietnam! Of course, it can be added that the rise of the internet has enabled many ordinary US citizens to undertake their own research, and expose many of these racist myths for themselves, but that fact remains that by and large, the US (bourgeois) media now acts entirely inaccordance with US rightwing State dogma, and acts as a permanent counter-weight to any internet-based freedom. Facts about major events, for instance, may well be readily available on the internet that contradict ‘official’ accounts, but this does not seem to matter just as long as the mainstream media pumps-out the ‘official line’. It would be interesting to learn what James Loewen thinks about the ‘new’ (post-911) position of the US media – which behaves very much like the media of 1930’s Nazi Germany. Whereas under the days of Cold War lying – the US media attempted the facade of ‘impartiality’, today its attitude is very much one of dumbed-down totalitarianism, ridicule, and anti-intellectualism. 

How the US Created Islamo-Fascist Terrorism!

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Tony Blair – and his New Labour government – took the UK into two of its most disastrous (and illegal) wars the country has ever known. Destroying the sovereign governments of Afghanistan and Iraq has had terrible consequences not only for the people of those devastated countries, but for the global community. By removing governments that pursued ‘secularism’ over ‘religionism’ has opened the door for US-backed, trained and financed terror groups to fill the vacuum, and turn their weaponry upon the West (which is perceived as being collectively a natural ally of the US). How did this situation arise? The Criminal Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the US was tasked with devising any means – legal, illegal or whatever – to bring down the USSR particularly (and the Communist Bloc countries in general). Following the Soviet Red Army entering Afghanistan (in support of a beleaguered Socialist government), the CIA stepped-up its latest project of training and arming young Muslim men, who formed a ‘new’ type of army to combat any and all Communist movements in the region. This idea started innocuously enough – with American operatives simply ‘bribing’ local tribal leaders to mobilise their men against the Socialist government of Afghanistan. When the Red Army interceded in the region, the CIA switched the emphasis of their campaign, and began to directly recruit young men into entirely American-run and administered training camps. In these camps, these young men, many of whom were illiterate and had never left their villages before, were taught to ‘think’ in a manner entirely alien to conventional Islam, and combine Western notions of racism, nationalism, and anti-Communism, with that of select (and misinterpreted) extracts from the Qur’an dealing with the Islamic concept of ‘jihad’, or ‘righteous war’. Whereas a jihad is a war of self-defence (with regard to non-political community security), the CIA intelligence officers changed its onus into one of a non-community based ‘self-offence’, involving the projection of a highly vicious and violent policy of ideologically driven attacks on all other communities. The enemies of this ‘new’ group were any conventional or traditional communities or associations that did not agree with, or adhere to the this ‘Islamo-fascist’ ideology. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, this Islamo-fascist movement did not quietly dismantle itself and go away, but rather became an independent regional network of terrorist cells, that turned its attention toward the modern ‘capitalist’ West (and its presence in the Middle East), defining its previous employers – the USA – as public enemy number one. The terrorism employed against Westerners (and others) today throughout the Middle East (and elsewhere), was previously perfected against the soldiers of the Red Army. The ‘Mujahideen’ (as this group was called in Afghanistan), was eulogised through US anti-Communist propaganda during the 1980’s, with its head-chopping, disembowelling, torturing, and general acts of terrorism perpetuated upon Soviet troops (and any and all civilian supporters of the USSR), being defined by the CIA as ‘sublime’ acts of religiously inspired fervour and spiritual devotion. A poignant (and now ’embarrassing’) reminder of this US attitude of support toward Islamo-fascist terrorism can be seen in the hideous Hollywood film entitled ‘Rambo III- which sees Sylvester Stallone mysteriously state that before these men carry-out their acts of terror, they consider themselves ‘already dead’ (hence the wearing of ‘white’ clothing before an operation, with the colour ‘white’ symbolising ‘death’ and the ‘burial shroud’).

Today, what was once a very well armed and trained US-backed Islamo-fascist terrorist group, now extends its influence directly into the Western world – where it continues to murder hundreds and thousands of people (as is the case in Africa and elsewhere). Regardless of what name the CIA is currently giving this movement, the fact remains that it did not arise out of any indigenous Islamic movement or community, and has no legitimate ties with conventional Islam – it was, and remains entirely a US invention from start to finish – one that has now gotten out of the control of its creators. However, rumour abounds on the internet, that certain aspects of this Islamo-fascist movement is still being used by the US in places such as Syria, Libya and the Yemen, as a means to attack regimes that do not adhere to the strictures of US imperialism, and which often oppose Zionist Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians. In the above video clip, Hilary Clinton confirms how and why the US created Al Qaeda.

USSR: Forgive Us Class of 1967 (Soviet Time-Capsule Opened!)

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Original Russian Language Article By: Olga Basurova

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Yesterday, my Alma Mater – the Ryazan Radio Engineering University – opened a time-capsule buried 50 years ago, containing a message from the student body of 1967, to their descendants half a century later – in 2017. What can I say … Read it for yourself:

‘Dear comrades (of the future Soviet Union), We, the participants of the Student Conference entitled ’50 Years of Soviet Radio Engineering’ – held on May 13th, 1967 in the Assembly Hall of the RREI – send you our greetings to the (Soviet) students of the 21st century. We have gathered together to assess the over-all development of Soviet Radio Engineering in the last 50 years (since the 1917 Russian Revolution). We hope that you will gather in the future, to also assess the great Soviet Achievements 50 years later in your time, understanding how fortunate you are to live in the world’s first Communist State which for you is now 100 years old! How has Soviet Radio Technology moved forward and progressed between 1967 and 2017?

Our Ryazan Radio Engineering Institute was founded in 1952. Now, it trains about 5000 students in the usual full-time academic manner, supplemented by both evening and correspondence faculties, where a further 2000-1000 students respectively, are now being trained.

The Institute has five faculties (not counting the evening and correspondence courses), which train engineers in 14 specialities. The faculties are entitled: radio engineering, electronic engineering, automatics and telemechanics, automatic control systems, and radio equipment design. These specialities span 31 departments. The Institute employs over 500 teachers (mostly young people), including 120 professors and associate professors.

For the years of its existence, our progressive Socialist Institute has produced about 4,500 Specialists in the latest branches of technology. They work in almost every city of our great Soviet Union. Scientific candidates for training at our Institute, are prepared through attending graduate school.

We enjoy very interesting lives. We have very good and varied amateur interests, facilitated through various clubs and interests groups. Many of us participate in the scientific work of all the departments. We love sports, theatre, and cinema. During the entire academic year, we work hard in classrooms, laboratories, and reading rooms. In the summer we leave for the collective farms and for the as of yet uncultivated lands, where we help build clubs, houses and various other structures (as a means to further the development of Socialism).. This is our work semester. A more complete picture of our life (and study) will be provided to you through the enclosed photographs and newspapers.

We are sure that in the year 2017, our progressive Institute will represent an even larger and perfect higher educational system in the USSR, training engineers of the 21st century – a century of new scientific discoveries and achievements. Therefore, we are envious of you, our future Comrades. However, you must not be conceited about this, and remember that we, (and our fathers), by labour and sacrifice, have created your great (Soviet) future in which you now live and prosper!

With Comradely Greetings.’

Published by Olga Basurova, 05/16/2017 at 10:33 am

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

Original Russian Language Reference Article:

ПРОСТИТЕ НАС, СТУДЕНТЫ 1967 ГОДА…

Вчера в моей Альма Матер – Рязанском радиотехническом университите вскрыли заложенную полвека назад капсулу с посланием студентов 1967 года своим потомкам через полвека. Что тут сказать… Прочитайте сами:

Дорогие товарищи! Мы, участники студенческой конференции „50 лет советской радиотехники“, состоявшейся 13 мая 1967 года в актовом зале РРТИ, шлем вам, студентам XXI века, свой студенческий привет. Мы собрались, чтобы подвести итоги развития советской радиотехники за 50 лет. Надеемся, что и вы будете тоже подводить итоги, но уже за сто лет, и оценивать, как шагнула вперед советская радиотехника.

Наш Рязанский радиотехнический институт основан в 1952 году. Теперь в нем обучается только на дневном отделении около 5000 студентов. Имеются и вечерний, и заочный факультеты, на которых обучается соответственно 2000-1000 студентов.

В институте пять факультетов (не считая вечернего и заочного), которые готовят инженеров по 14 специальностям. Факультеты называются так: радиотехнический, электронной техники, автоматики и телемеханики, автоматических систем управления, конструирования радиоаппаратуры. Они объединяют 31 кафедру. В институте работает свыше 500 преподавателей (в основном это молодежь), среди которых 120 профессоров и доцентов.

За годы своего существования институт выпустил около 4500 специалистов по новейшим отраслям техники. Они работают почти во всех городах нашей Родины. Готовит институт и научных работников через аспирантуру.

Живем мы очень интересно. У нас хорошая самодеятельность, различные кружки. Многие из нас участвуют в научной работе кафедр. Любим спорт, театр, кино. Весь учебный год мы напряженно трудимся в аудиториях, лабораториях, читальных залах. Летом уезжаем в колхозы и на целину, помогаем строить клубы, дома и различные сооружения. Это наш трудовой семестр. Более полное представление о нашей жизни и учебе дадут вам прилагаемые фотографии и газеты.

Мы уверены, что в 2017 году наш институт будет представлять еще более крупное и совершенное высшее учебное заведение, готовящее инженеров XXI века — века новых научных открытий и свершений. Поэтому мы по-хорошему завидуем вам, товарищи. Но вы не особенно зазнавайтесь и помните, что и мы, и наши отцы своим трудом создали то великое будущее, в котором вы живете. С товарищеским приветом.

Опубликовала Ольга Басурова , 16.05.2017 в 10:33

 

Soviet War Memorial UK (9.5.2017): Commemorating the Soviet Victory Over Nazi Germany and Exposing Bourgeois Duplicity

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The combined military forces of Hitler’s Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Soviet Red Army in Berlin on May 8th, 1945, but confirmation of this Soviet Victory over fascism did not reach the Kremlin (in Moscow) until the following day – May 9th, 1945. Although the Soviet Union was an ‘ally’ of the capitalist West during WWII – recently released UN Papers confirm that the Hitler-admiring Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt of the US, conspired to bring-down the USSR through encouraging its fight against Nazi Germany, whilst covertly supporting various rightwing insurgencies dotted throughout occupied areas of the USSR and Eastern Europe.

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When the Soviet Red Army ‘liberated’ the Ukraine from the disastrous and bloody Nazi German occupation, for instance, it encountered a highly organised ‘nationalistic’ Ukrainian resistance (often commanded by German officers, and armed with British and US weaponry). The Soviet Red Army, however, moved forever onward toward Germany, pursuing the retreating Hitlerite forces, and was replaced in the area with NKVD forces (a special militarised police). The Soviet Authorities treated this fascist insurgency as an ‘internal’ matter to avoid the embarrassment of having to publically state that two of its allies – the UK and US – were openly financing and arming fascist insurgencies within the USSR and elsewhere. In a vicious and brutal police action, it took the NKVD two years to break the back of this Western insurgency – with the bulk of the main fighting being over by 1947. However, so entrenched in hateful ideology was the Western Ukraine, that occasional flare-ups of neo-Nazi activity continued into the 1950’s, a trend that has been revived in recent times, with David Cameron of the UK and Barack Obama of the US actively supporting a broad EU strategy of weakening modern Russia through neo-Nazi insurgency (particularly via the ‘Maidan’ neo-Nazi revolt in Western Ukraine).

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Of course, despite the fact that various factions of the British Communist Party regularly attend the Soviet War Memorial (including the Communist Party of Britain, the New Communist Party, and the Communist Party of Great Britain – Marxist-Leninist), together with the Stalin Society (an adjunct of the CPGB-ML), the rhetoric of the mainstream politicians that attends remains decidedly ‘bourgeois’ in nature, and occasionally openly ‘anti-Russian’ in presentation. This schizophrenic (hypocritical) approach often happens around an ethnic Russian presence of which sees hundreds of individuals and families proudly holding-up portraits of family members who died fighting for the Soviet Union during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945).

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Many modern Russians also unfurl Red Flags containing yellow hammer and sickle emblems – making direct pro-Communist statements to each other – and anyone in ear-shot. This Russian presence – which is the entire point of a Soviet War Memorial – is more or less ignored by the hundreds of British people in attendance, and the various representatives of the British Armed Forces – primarily because there is a sense of bourgeois ’embarrassment’ with the association of the memorial with historical and contemporary notions of ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’.

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The simple fact of the matter is that without the Bolshevik Leadership of the USSR – Russia would not have possessed the direction of will-power, nor the material capability to have defeated Nazi Germany. Millions of peasants in the USSR were educated in Socialist duty (and selfless hard work) to build a better human society on Earth – and the extra-ordinary death-toll suffered by the Soviet people is testament to their belief in this Communist ideal. Although the bourgeois (and revisionist) narrative expressed by the British organisers of this event always uses the low estimate of ’27 million’ casualties, others put the death-toll around at least 40 million (with a probably more accurate figure standing at around 34.5 million – arrived at through the study population shift and change).

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Usually, a group of Soviet Veterans are flown to the UK each year to attend these ceremonies and this year just five made the trip. As the years pass, fewer and fewer British and Soviet Veterans remain, and this is seen in dwindling numbers, and the onset of advanced age. This year, for the first time that I have ever seen, the veteran flag bearers were all provided with chairs – as I was told that the youngest is now in their 80’s – with many being well into their 90’s. These brave individuals in the past have stood for over an hour proudly holding-up their respective flags, but this is not an easy task for those advanced in age.

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Of course, the various mixture of British politicians and establishment figures all gave their particular bourgeois ‘spin’ on the event – which is often sickening to experience, particularly if those in attendance adhere to Socialist or Communist ideals. Obviously not all British Veterans necessarily have such views – but surprisingly many did. Neil Coyle – Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark – expressed the need to be forever vigilant against the resurgence of fascism, and expressed relief that France recently rejected a fascist candidate in that country’s national elections (but simultaneously failed to mention that 11 million French people actually voted for that fascist candidate). Obviously, due to Soviet War Memorial’s association with the defeat of the political rightwing – no Conservative Party representative was present. However, Simon Hughes – the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, demonstrated enough LibDem duplicity to compensate for the Tory absence. Simon Hughes expressed the expected condemnation of ‘fascism’, whilst immediately ‘negating’ his own statement (in typical LibDem fashion) by bizarrely suggesting that individuals can hold ‘nationalist’ sentiments, but remaining ‘helpful’ in principle to other countries. This ‘White’ gentleman (being unquestionably ‘at home’ in his Eurocentricism), appeared completely ‘unaware’ that ‘nationalism’ is the basis of all racism, and therefore the very edifice upon which destructive fascist ideology is built, sustained and manifest in the world.

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In all my years of attending the Soviet War Memorial, I have heard the excellent leadership skills of Joseph Stalin eulogised by many attendees, but have never heard any positive references to the British anti-Socialist and Hitler-admiring Winston Churchill, and yet today I heard two very out of place utterances. One was during the general introduction – made I believe by Philip Matthews of the Soviet Memorial Trust – and the second by the LibDem Simon Hughes. This is even more peculiar as this week saw the UN reveal the extent to which Churchill was prepared to go to ensure a Soviet defeat at the hands of the Nazi Germans! Furthermore, any relatively ‘sane’ individual would never automatically associate the politically rightwing Winston Churchill with the defeat of any form of fascism – particularly as he opposed the development of the Welfare State and the National Health System. Whilst Churchill is renowned for his ‘moving’ speeches – many do not understand that a team of scriptwriters devised these utterances for him, and whilst he called for unity in the face of Nazi German terror, he sat safely in a Whitehall (bomb-proof) bunker, smoking Cuban cigars and eating caviar – whilst ordinary British people starved and died in pursuit of his vision of racial purity. As a consequence, Churchill was only ever popular throughout the middle class, and was quite literally hated amongst the working class.

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Lastly, whilst all present made anti-fascist platitudes to one another, no one mentioned the rise of ‘elected’ fascism in the UK since 2010, and the rightwing ‘Austerity’ inflicted upon the British people by the Tory and LibDem Parties. In fact, so bad has been this destructive policy, that thousands of vulnerable, poor, or disabled British died between 2010 and 2015 – as their benefits were suddenly cut, and medical care withdrawn. So bad was this death-toll that after a 2016 investigation, the United Nations found the Tory and LibDem Coalition Government ‘Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity’ for the deaths of at least 10,000 disabled people. Today, the ordinary people of Britain are living in a democratic system that allows a small middle class to keep electing rightwing governments (including ‘New Labour’) that deliberately pursue rightwing policies that are hurtful toward the working class. This demonstrates that the fight against fascism is not only in the past (as the bourgeois would have us believe), but exists here and now in the present.

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