Poverty in Capitalist Russia (2017)

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The collapse of the Soviet Union (between 1989 and 1991) was a tragedy not only for Russia and Eastern Europe, but also for humanity. I read a report on the Russian language internet which sated that between 1991 and 1999, it is recorded that the death-rate in Russia rose by 5.9 million – as Soviet provision was suddenly ‘withdrawn’ from society, Over-night all free education, medical care, welfare and working State support ceased – creating starvation and medical neglect – the likes of which had not been seen in Russia since the Nazi German invasion of the USSR in 1941. Although President Putin has provided some support and stability in ‘capitalist’ Russia, wide-spread poverty and deprivation remains the norm throughout the country. within capitalism, the will of the working people is ignored, whereas within Socialism, society is geared toward meeting all the collective needs of the working class. Today, in Russia, an affluent middle class has developed that gained its wealth by ‘stealing’ all the wealth accumulated over decades of hard work by the Workers’ State. As the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution draws near, Russia is once again being ravished by the brutal forces of predatory capitalism.

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Sergei Aleshkov (Aleshkin) Сережа Алешков (Алешкин) – Six Year Old Soviet Soldier at Stalingrad

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Many millions of children suffered during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), with many millions more being orphaned due to the military actions and atrocities carried-out by the brutal invading troops of Nazi Germany. Many of these children died alone in terrible conditions, whilst others were tortured and maimed by the Hitlerites who were trying to eradicate the Slavic peoples. On the other hand, the tales of bravery and resistance to the Nazi German atrocities is not very well-known in modern Russia today, where the shallow ‘cult of celebrity’ has replaced the veneration of true bravery. This is the story of the youngest Soviet Red Army soldier of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). Prior to the Nazi German invasion of the Soviet Union, Sergei Aleshkov lived peacefully with his family in the village of Gryn. Sergei Aleshkov was only 6 years old in 1942, when the invading Nazi Germans executed his mother and elder brother for supporting the Partisans. This is how Sergei Aleshkov became orphaned. They lived in the Kaluga region of western Russia. The boy was saved by the quick-thinking of a neighbour – this selfless woman threw the him out of a hut window – and shouted for him to run … Sergei managed to hide in the woods. Today, it is difficult to say for how much time the wounded and hungry child wandered through the autumn forest, but he eventually met-up with the Partisans. The next summer, as the Partisans manoeuvred around (and through) the Nazi German lines, Sergei Aleshkov fell and injured his leg. but he was lucky – as he was accidentally found by Scouts of the Red Army 142th Infantry Regiment, (commanded by Major Vorobyov). He was starving, covered in mud, and dressed in tattered clothing. The Red Army soldiers took care of his wounds, washed and fed him, and made a specially small Red Army uniform for him.

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from that point on, he was protected from direct contact with the brutal and ruthless  Nazi German soldiers, but he worked tirelessly in support of the Red Army troops as they fought ongoing battles. Between battles, Sergei Aleshkov raised morale by singing poems and songs, and during battles he carried ammunition to the front-line troops (keeping them supplied), as well as passed-on messages and delivered mail. The soldiers of the Red Army treated Sergei Aleshkov as if he were their own son. However, the commanding officer of the Regiment – Major Vorobyov – eventually adopted Sergei Aleshkov, and even accredited Sergei with helping him meet his beloved wife – Nina – a nurse. This was after a bomb had hit the dug-out Major Vorobyov was operating from during the Battle for Stalingrad, blocking the entrance and sealing him in. As there was little air, Sergei Aleshkov tried to pull the debris away from the entrance himself, but was not strong enough. Instead, despite the Nazi Germans heavily bombing the area, Sergei Aleshkov ran through the falling bombs and into the surrounding trenches (that were receiving enemy fire), where he told other Red Army soldiers what had happened to Major Vorobyov. In the process, Sergei Aleshkov was shot down (along with many other Red Army soldiers), and was wounded in the legs yet again. After this, a rescue party was immediately sent to rescue Major Vorobyov. After the battle, he was well looked after and cared for by all concerned – as news of his bravery spread throughout the Red Army. For his bravery, Serezha Aleshkov was awarded the Medal for Military Bravery.

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On another occasion (whilst stationed on the Dnieper), Sergei Aleshkov spotted two men hiding in straw near-by. After reporting this sighting, it was revealed that these were Nazi German Scouts who were spotting for the fascist artillery and bringing fire down upon the civilian areas. After his military service, and on the orders of the High Command, he was enlisted in the Suvorov School situated in the city of Tula. Although as a youth and young man, he suffered disabilities from his leg injuries, Sergei Aleshkov trained in law, and became a very effective lawyer – always representing the rights and interests of the ordinary people. He eventually worked as a prosecutor and remained a man of honour, constantly fighting for justice. The science of war forever teaches us to value honour, conscience and brotherhood

Russian Language Sources:

http://nhero.ru/serezha-aleshkov-aleshkin/

http://es-kiz.ru/gvardiї-ryadovij-sergijku-samij-yunij-soldat-velikoї-vitchiznyanoї-yakij-vryatuvav-svogo-komandira/

Capitalist Russia and the October Massacre (1993)

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The Soviet Union was destroyed by Mikhail Gorbachev during the middle to late 1980’s. He was in many ways the culmination of the corrosive Trotskyite tendency within the USSR established by Nikita Khrushchev in the 1950’s, from which Communist Russia never recovered. Trotskyism is opposed to Marxist-Leninism, and whilst mimicking various aspects of the rhetoric of Scientific Socialism, its central core ideology evolves around co-operating with the capitalist system, and various aspects of its fascistic thinking. As a consequence, Trotsky dedicated his life to formulating an ideology that could destroy the USSR. The USSR finally collapsed due to mishandling within, and Western pressure from out, between 1989 – 1991. This betrayal of the Soviet people and the Communist Bloc in Eastern Europe would eventually lead to the death of millions due to the sudden withdrawal of Welfare Systems and ‘free’ Medical Systems. In Russia alone, the population unnaturally dropped by 5.9 million people between 1991-1999 – due to starvation and medical neglect. None of this barbarity is reported in the Western press, as it is thought to be a price worth paying, as a means to get rid of one of the world’s major challenges to capitalist tyranny.

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In 1993, certain Russian politicians tried to stop the counter-revolution and prevent the complete collapse of the Soviet System – much of which was still functioning despite the ‘official’ dissolving of the USSR at the end of 1991. The US President Bill Clinton, and the British Prime Minister John Major (together with many other European leaders), called for the rapid ‘opening-up’ of all Russian markets, and the end of all Socialist entities, enterprises and provisions. This ‘de-Socialisation’ was to happen over-night, with no interim methods to ease the transition from ‘free’ assistance to ‘private’ services. The Western stooge – Boris Yeltsin – (a drunk who had become the leader of capitalist Russia), was ordered by the West to put a stop to this attempt, and forcibly ‘breakup’ the crowds of tens of thousands of people carrying Red Flags that had spontaneously surrounded the Russian parliament building – demanding the immediate re-establishment of the Soviet System.

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The result was a massacre of ordinary Russian citizens who were peacefully exercising their democratic right to protest. This massacre was carried-out by the Russian military which just two years earlier had been a part of the Soviet Red Army. How could these units (whose fore-fathers brought Lenin to power and destroyed Nazi German fascism), turn their guns on the Russian people whilst following orders given by corrupt capitalists? More to the point, why did the Red Army not put up a fight in 1989 to defeat the coup that brought Boris Yeltsin to power? I hear that certain elements of the Red Army did try to resist the Counter-Revolution – but were over-ruled by high-ranking military officers who were already in the pockets of the corrupt politicians. The Red Army in 1989 was following orders – even though those order came from corrupt origins, but in 1993, things were very different. The new regiments of the capitalist Russian forces had the choice to make a stand against capitalist tyranny – but by and large they refused to do so. This is an astonishing decision when it is considered that many of these men had been brought-up in the Soviet System, and had been soldiers in the Socialist Red Army. By siding with Boris Yeltsin’s despicable anti-Socialist regime – these men of the Russian capitalist forces betrayed the 1917 Russian Revolution, betrayed the Russian people, and through their murderous actions of the 3rd and 4th of October, 1993, ultimately betrayed the entirety of humanity and the International Working Class.

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If this massacre (that killed and wounded thousands of men, women and children) had happened under the Soviet Regime, the US and European capitalist countries would have made a ‘mythic’ example of these circumstances, and used the outcome in films, books, pamphlets and education courses – to teach about the supposed ‘undemocratic’ and ‘tyrannical’ nature of the Soviet System – but as the ‘massacre’ was in the service of furthering capitalist interests in Russia (by disempowering the Russian people), it is all but ‘ignored’ in the Western media, and not taught in any college or university. Even after President Putin came to power, and re-invigorated the Russian Army to remember and celebrate its ‘Communist’ past, the massacre of October, 1993, is still treated as if it never happened, such is the shame it induces in the collective Russian psyche. innocent Russian men, women and children fighting to defend the achievements of the 1917 Russian Revolution were mowed down by tanks and machine guns that were also previously used to defend exactly the same ‘Revolution’. All this murdering and maiming was in the service of a Western capitalist system that today seeks to invade Russia and depict its people as racially inferior. This is the same Western capitalist system that since President Barack Obama – has openly supported neo-Nazi (and anti-Russian) regimes in the Ukraine and throughout Eastern Europe, with NATO Forces acting aggressively all around the geographical borders of modern Russia.

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As matters transpired, tens of thousands of ordinary Russians formed voluntary ‘Red Army’ units (a ‘new’ Immortal Regiment) that deployed around the Russian Parliament building in Moscow, in an attempt to protect the pro-Soviet politicians inside who were trying to prevent the collapse of the USSR. Many Russian citizens carried Red Flags, built barricades in the streets, and armed themselves with all kinds of weaponry (although many fought with their bare-hands). They were confronted initially by para-military police, and then by the Russian armed forces that bombarded the Parliament building and opened fire on the protesting crowds. There are rumours that certain Russian military units intended to support the people, but their officers were arrested and the men dis-armed and imprisoned before they could mobilise. Russian people today take to the streets to commemorate this terrible event – but it is an event that still receives no official recognition – even though the modern Russian military forces now eulogize past military victories against Nazi Germany. What the modern Russian forces did during October, 1993 (in the service of capitalism) was nothing less than an act of brutal fascism and terrorism.

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Finally, a word must be mentioned about the elements of the Russian armed forces that did attempt to protect the pro-Soviet politicians in the Parliament building. Their officers ordered that the old Soviet ‘Red Army’ insignia be used to replace the ‘new’ insignia of capitalist Russia on their uniforms, and that Soviet Red Flags be flown. They held-out for two days whilst the building they were in was comprehensively bombarded by Russian tanks and artillery. These ‘Red Army’ troops had no access to reinforcements, medical care or supplies, and it is still unknown how many of these brave soldiers died performing their duty trying to protect the Revolution. The political and socio-economic forces at work in Russia at that time had no respect for the will of the Russian people, and was quite prepared to ‘kill’ in the name of capitalist greed. This demonstrates the ‘seductive’ nature of capitalist greed, and how its brutal nature is all but ignored for the unjust aggrandisement and enriching of a corrupt few. As matters stand, hardly anyone in the West knows about this terrible and murderous event.

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Russian Language Sources:

http://nnm-me-demo.sitemod.io/blogs/TbINZ/1993-voyna-byurokratii-protiv-demokratii/

http://marc-aureli.livejournal.com/256163.html

http://yablor.ru/blogs/1993-posledniy-vzdoh-sovetskogo-soy/6099733

Tank Museum (Dorset) – Soviet and Other Relevant Tanks (26.8.2017)

Tank Museum (Dorset)

This place is huge and designed for a family to spend an entire day enjoying the facilities and learning about the history, technical design and purpose of each exhibit as it is presented within its particular epoch and/or theatre of action, etc. As our time was limited, we focused upon the WWII section, and we did this because of our family’s interest in Soviet (and other Communist) tanks and their use in the war against International Fascism (which includes the imperial Japanese military action in North-east China from 1931 [ending only with the Japanese surrender to the USSR in that theatre 1945], the Spanish Civil War [1936-1939], the Soviet-Japanese War [1938-1939], the Soviet-Finnish War [1938-1939], and the UK, US and USSR against Nazi Germany and her Axis supporters [1939-1945]). This should not forget the fact that the UK government (and others) did not officially support the Spanish Civil War and were for years indifferent to the suffering in China, or the fact that Adolf Hitler was handed Czechoslovakia by the European Allies as early as 1938, as an act of attempted appeasement (without the knowledge or agreement of the Czech peoples). This complex situated included a Poland entering into a ‘non-aggression’ pact with Nazi Germany in 1934, before Hitler invaded the eastern or ‘Germanic’ part that country in 1939 (with the USSR annexing the ‘Slavic’ western part of Poland at the sometime in a bid to protect the Slavic people living in that part of the country from the genocidal and racist policies of Hitler’s Nazi regime – a point often [and deliberately] omitted by many anti-Soviet historians). The Western Allies (led by the UK) declared war on Nazi Germany with that regime’s invasion of Poland in 1939 – but not because of the defensive actions of the USSR at the time. Of course, it is no secret that both before, during and after WWII, the US, UK and other European Allies conspired behind the scenes to ‘bring-down’ the Socialist regime of the USSR – a policing ending in the Cold War and the eventual collapse of that regime in 1991. Finally, Finland was originally a part of Czarist Russia – but was granted sovereignty and independence in December, 1917, by VI Lenin immediately following the success of the Russian Revolution. From that moment onward, Finland operated as a base for rightwing and pro-capitalist forces attempting to over-throw the ‘Soviet’ regime, and became a staunch ally of Hitler’s Nazi Germany from 1933 until its demise in 1945 (where Finland escaped any ramifications for its support for Nazi German genocide in the USSR). In 1938, the USSR proposed that Finland be given a large tract of land in exchange for a much smaller tract of land that Soviet forces could defend more easily, should non-Socialist forces attack the USSR from the direction of Finland. As Finland was receiving military and economic aid from both the capitalist West and Nazi Germany in 1938 and 1939 (as a possible corridor for an invasion and destruction of the USSR), The Finnish government refused the Soviet offer (considered ‘fair’ by most historians), and a brutal but short-lived war ensued which saw the defeat of ‘fascist’ Finland (which routinely marked its tanks with a version of the Nazi German swastika), with the USSR prevailing in 1939. In 1941, the fascist-supporting regime of Finland joined Nazi Germany and its Axis allies (i.e. including troops from Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia and Slovakia – whilst receiving vital [natural] resources from countries such as Sweden and Portugal, etc). Although WWII came to an ‘official’ end in May, 1945 in Europe (and in August-September, 1945 in the Far-East), the USSR had to fight a neo-Nazi insurgency in the Ukraine from 1945-1947 (led by non-surrendered Nazi German officers and their ethnic Ukrainian supporters), which flared-up on occasion to at least 1955, as well as a major neo-Nazi uprising in Hungary in 1956 (which was crushed by the Soviet Red Army), but presented in the then anti-Soviet West, as a ‘fight for freedom’.  Obviously, neither myself nor my family support (or ‘eulogise’) any imperialist wars (whilst regretting and respecting every death), but we do believe that the working class has a right to defend itself against fascism – which is a product of capitalism in decay. Of course, we also thoroughly ‘reject’ the current tendency in he capitalist West to equate fascism with Scientific Socialism, and to attempt to remove the ‘guilt’ for fascism from the capitalist camp. Fascism (and racism) grow-out of the inherent inequalities operating within capitalism, whilst the teachings of Communism – whilst advocating ‘internationalism’ and ‘anti-racism’ is obviously its antithesis. To its credit, although the Tank Museum is in no way pro-Communist, and is fully supportive of the ‘rightness’ of ‘bourgeois’ and ‘imperialist’ wars, (a position my family firmly reject), nevertheless, I would say that the technical assessment of Soviet (or Communist tank) technology was ‘fair’ and certainly far from the usual misrepresentation associated with Cold War rhetoric. We teach our children that war is wrong – but that sometimes wars need to be thought in ‘self-defence’ – until humanity evolves beyond this stupid and disastrous manner of interacting. It is also important for the younger generation to realise the sacrifices and destruction endured by China, the USSR and Europe in the 20th century fight against the forces of International Fascism. Of particular note amongst the relevant tanks we found were the Soviet T26 Model 1933 Light Infantry Tank – a copy and improvement (with official permission) of the British Vickers-Armstrong Marl I Tank, the captured Soviet T34/76 Tank (replete with Finnish Swastikas), and the Japanese Light Tank 95 Ha-Go (bearing a striking resemblance to a Dalek from the science-fiction show Dr Who – which gave the Imperial Japanese Army an edge over lightly armed peasant or guerilla resistance, or poorly armed European colonial troops as it successfully advanced across Asia both prior to, and during WWII, but which was no match (ans virtually useless) against a Soviet armour which had evolved in the European theatre to fight the might of Nazi German ingenuity.

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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

 

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