“The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.”— Joseph Stalin
On Sunday, December 28, 2008, RNA Novotsi reported 50 million out of 123 million Russians voted in Rossiyo TV’s “Name of Russia” contest for the greatest Russian leader. 13th century Prince Alexander Nevsky ranks number one, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is number three, losing by only 5,600 votes.
The man who extended Vladimir Lenin’s murderous Bolshevik rampage is forgiven for massacring 15 million “statistics” during his “purges” of people he referred to as “enemies of the state.” Beginning in the 1930’s and continuing into the 1950’s, Stalin imposed collectivization, sent millions to slave labor camps called Gulags to die from torture and starvation, and ruled the Soviet Union with absolute tyranny. 20,000 in Butovo were shot to death. For that Stalin is considered “great.”
Giving Stalin such honors demotes the lives he eliminated in the name of selective human control. Placing such a mark of distinction on brutality says only those one feels deserve life should be allowed to keep theirs.
Stalin’s death list included clergy and political opponents. 71-years later, Richard Galpin’s BBC News investigation reports: “Last month [November 2008] an Orthodox priest displayed an icon of Stalin in his church near St. Petersburg.” The elderly priest from the Stalin era told Galpin he considers “Stalin as his father.”
The leader of the St. Petersburg Communist Party Sergei Malinkovich explains why so many Russians revere the genocidal Georgian: “Stalin made Russia a superpower and was one of the founders of the coalition against Hitler in World War II. In opinion polls he comes out on top as the most popular figure. Nobody else comes close. So for his [Stalin] service to his country we can forgive his mistakes.” It is convenient for Malinkovich and others to forget that before Hitler invaded Russia, Stalin was one of his three closest allies.
The communist party feels not naming Stalin number one is the fault of organizers rigging the contest to make Stalin lose. The SPCP is demanding Stalin be canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Russian radio and TV station VGTRK deputy Alexander Lyubimov said Stalin should be remembered in a better light: “He had no other choice. He was surrounded by enemies, and domestically it was also full of enemies of Bolshevism.” Lyubimov told The Independent he is proud of the contest: “five or 10 years ago, this wouldn’t have been possible. We’re creating historical distance, so it doesn’t touch us as much emotionally. This is the first brick in the wall toward trying to forget.”
Communist Party member Victor Ilyukhin claims: “there were also dark pages…and coming along with his [Stalin’s] genius there were also destructive moments, but in general he is remembered mostly as a great leader. Ilyukhin says Russia has been forced to “live under capitalism for 20 years now and so what? We are now a rank-and-file country, no longer a superpower. Our voice is weak both in economics and politics, and key decisions are sometimes taken without us.”
Human Rights activist Lev Ponomaryov says “The younger generation is fed with myths about Stalin. It knows nothing about the millions who died in Gulag camps but well knows he was a strong leader who defeated Nazi Germany. Again, foreign enemies are to blame for all internal problems, so you need to rule with an iron fist — it’s a purely Stalinist method.”
On September 20, 2007, USA Today reported Gorbachev, angry at Putin for what he called old-style politics in the Russian government today, condemned Putin and the Kremlin for its nostalgic views of Stalin: “We must remember those who suffered,” Gorbachev said, “because it is a lesson for all of us — a lesson that many have not learned.” Putin’s reply was to say that patriotism and a pride for Russia needs to be restored and the west’s views of the old Soviet past are too negative.
Perhaps Hitler’s destructive moments were nothing more than negative communications on the part of Jews.
In October 2007, before Russian elections, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin memorialized Stalin’s victims at Butovo. The leader of the Association of Victims of Political Repression, Sergei Volkov, told the Associated Press that surviving victims of Stalin “had received little or no benefits from the state.” Volkov further stated, in regards to Putin’s pseudo-attempt at appearing democratic, while being elected from president to prime minister: “It’s the fault of the man who has stepped with one foot into democracy and still stands with another in KGB — our president, Vladimir Putin.”
One year later Vladimir Putin appears to support the Saint Stalin effort. The former editor of a new history manual for Russian school children told Richard Galpin the book says Stalin’s massacres “were absolutely rational,” and the idea to name Stalin as greatest leader “came from the very top. I believe it was the idea of the former president, now prime minister, Vladimir Putin. It fits completely with the political course we have had for the past eight years, which is dedicated to the unity of society.”
Many young Russians today view Stalin as the hero and savior of World War II. Galpin’s report showed “Russians have a positive view of Stalin that is gaining ground.” When Galpin tried to enter “Memorial,” the Historical Research Organization devoted to preserving documents of Stalin’s atrocities, his camera crew was pushed back and blocked by Russian police confiscating records and destroying evidence. “It’s a huge blow to our organization,” said Memorial curator Irina Flige.
On March 15, 1987, New York Times columnist Philip Taubman noted Gorbachev’s anti-communist/anti-Stalin campaign would not work: “His [Stalin’s] brutality is largely ignored, but it is not uncommon to hear Russians complain that Mr. Gorbachev is moving too fast to liberalize society and that what’s really needed is a stern disciplinarian like Stalin to crack the whip.” Twenty years later many Russians still reject western democracy and capitalism while embracing Joseph Stalin’s whip-cracking policies.
Don’t expect to see the human rights aktivistas of the lovable left decrying Stalin’s tribute. The Mercedes Marxists love authoritarianism in any way, shape or form. They supported the Viet Cong and that led to Cambodian mass-murders during the 1970’s. Proliferating communism’s absolutism keeps the earth’s population under control. The left adored Stalin when he was alive and revere him today. Thus it is no wonder Democrat Bolsheviks are not condemning Russia, which has turned into the New Left of 1968 America that continues worshiping Castro and Che Guevara as liberators of corporate capitalism.
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