Skip to comments.Cut it out comrades! Two Russian reporters break into violent brawl on radio show debate over Stalin
Posted on 01/31/2018 1:28:11 PM PST by GoldenState_Rose
This is the bizarre moment a radio studio descended into chaos when two guests began fighting about Joseph Stalin.
A studio webcam caught how a physical altercation broke out while Nikolai Svanidze, 62, and Maksim Shevchenko, 51, discussed Stalin's role in World War II.
Mr Svanidze, a TV and radio presenter, said the communist leader was responsible for the terrible condition the Soviet Union was in by the end of the war.
Mr Shevchenko, a journalist, praised Stalin's leadership of the USSR. He contrasted the situation in the USSR with that of France during the same period
He said: 'By late 1941 we had 3.8 million people as prisoners of war and this is all thanks to Stalin.'
Mr Shevchenko said: 'Unlike France, the USSR did not kneel down to Germans. The Soviet Union was fighting.' The discussion then turned personal, with the pair slinging insults at one another. Mr Svanidze said: 'If you had been closer I would have punched you in the face.' Mr Shevchenko replied: 'Please, go ahead, I am here! Punch me in the face. Get up and do it.' Mr Svanidze got out of his chair and slapped him around the face before being punched twice by Mr Shevchenko. The host of the Radio Rubka show on Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station can be seen desperately trying to restore calm in a video of the incident.
The video, posted on the station's YouTube channel, shows how staff had to step in to separate the pair.
The video has now received more than 300,000 views and almost 5,000 comments.
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SPIEL: Why doesn't Russia open all of its intelligence agency archives? It would reveal the atrocities of the Stalin era once and for all.
Svanidze: We couldn't cope with it, because someone in almost every family was part of the system of informers. An opening of the archives would be a heavy blow for many people, because they would discover things about their ancestors and closest relatives that they hadn't expected. The psyche of my country is already very troubled today. Every other person here could use a psychiatrist, because of the events of past decades.
The Soviet Union defeated the Nazis in spite of Stalin, and also because we provided them with the supplies to do it. Stalin even admitted as much.
The Soviet Union won the war despite Stalin too. 3 years before the war he purged his entire officer corps. When the war came there was nobody with any real experience. For the first 2 weeks of Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of the USSR, Stalin couldn’t make a decision to save his (or his countries) ass. Stalin was good at throwing “flesh waves” at the Germans, giving every third man a rifle and telling the ones without to grab a rifle off a dead soldier when he fell. You want strategy? Look to people like Marshal Zhukov. Incidentally, Stalin hated Zhukov because he was as popular as Stalin himself. It was only that fame that kept Stalin from killing him.
I didn’t see the word “despite”. Mea culpa.
And then there was Leningrad, a city Stalin always hated. He would have let the Nazis destroy the city if he could.
After the war, he had many of the heroes of Leningrad executed.
And I still believe Stalin let Hitler have his way in the areas of the Soviet Union where the Jews primarily lived, knowing that Hitler would take care of Stalin’s “Jewish Problem.”
Stalin was with the Nazis before he was against the Nazis. In his defense though, who would have thought that Hitler would be foolish enough to invade Russia? Thank God he did though.
People go on about Hitler, and rightfully so. But compared to Stalin, Hitler was a boy scout.
And Marshal Zhukov won his initial fame in the Soviet Far East against the Japanese in the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, where his innovative use of tactics beat back the Japanese. Those same tactics in an upgraded form proved vital in beating back the Germans from 1943 on, and Stalin—despite his disdain for Zhukov—had to rely on this General right to the end of World War II.
That would explain the fate of Odessa. Odessa had a large Jewish population. Lyudmila Pavlichenko was from Odessa too.
I maintain the Nazis could have one, if they tried to ‘divide and conquer’...many originally welcomed the Nazis as ‘liberators’.
There was even Vlasov’s army that offered to fight on the side of the Germans, but Hitler didn’t want that. Probably as well, because even if Hitler did manage to defeat the Soviet Union, certainly they would have faced severe resistance after it from the Russians.
And I think we very well could have seen a scenario where the Communists were overthrown if Hitler had taken Moscow, but ultimately Russia would win. That would have been the best-case scenario, Bolsheviks and Nazis out of the picture.
Uggh...s/b I maintain the Nazis could have won.
Hitler and Stalin greatly admired each other. Hitler said it was such a shame that someone like Stalin had to be his enemy rather than his partner.
Trivia fact: what was Zhukov’s favorite beverage? (Other than vodka). It was Coca-Cola! The Coke company made a special clear version that came in nondescript bottles and was capped with a red star bottle cap, so as not to be seen drinking a decadent capitalist product.
Just so you guys know, there are two viral versions on youtube with thousands of comments and...so far I see that the majority of people side with the Pro-Stalin guy.
You can thank two decades of Vladimir Putin for this and all his efforts to rehabilitate Stalins image and gloss over the Second World War as purely a Great Patriotic Victory narrative. (And any deviation from this narrative be damned!)
Even in the latter decades of the Soviet Union, Stalin was not defended nor justified by the population to the extent he is now.
Here are some of the youtube comments I came across with the help of an online translator. Ive deleted the usernames.
8 hours ago (edited)
The Jews made the Revolution 17 years (suspended this year) and ruled the country, and repression, the Jews have ruined Ukraine... but still blame the Great Georgian Stalin... :)
7 hours ago
Such as Svanidze wrote denunciations, and as Shevchenko went into battle to defend their Homeland.
7 hours ago
Maxim you deserve great respect!!!!!!
43 minutes ago
Shevchenko does not defend Stalin, he talks about the fact that history needs to be studied and drawn conclusions, and not to smear black as Ebanidze.
If you notice, all the scumbags-manipulators (these are not any liberals) on the proposal to bring facts / documents to which they rely, begin to hysterical. In this case, no single historical document can not be shown.
Thus, the aim of the scum is to blacken the history of Russia in any way. They have no other task. But those who give these scum to use the aether of the central channels, are themselves scum. It does not matter under which sauce to serve gov ... oh, gov ... oh, it remains. No matter what good intentions are covered by those who invite to the transfer of scoundrels, they are also accomplices of scum.
3 hours ago
the whole country dreamed for years that such as svanidze received for schmuck! ))) Thank you! sorry that little)
3 hours ago
Maxim, youre a man. I support. Did what this historian has long earned. Shake your hand.
7 hours ago
Shevchenko - Bravo! Svanidze got what he deserved!
(After some scrolling, I finally found an anti-Stalin comment)
4 hours ago
Well, no f**k, then, dear Maxim, to climb everywhere with your advice, since we ourselves are able to understand and understand Stalins crimes. Im not at all sorry for having received Svanidze on my mouthpiece, but your shout sometimes deserves to be muffled. Stalin - a criminal, and killed directly and indirectly many thousands of lives and broke many thousands of destinies. And in the bloody - fiery, terrible, dotted with millions of corpses of people of all ages and ages, the war was won by a Russian soldier. And the living and the one who did not live. memory...
I understood and understood ...
(But then these were some of the responses just to that comment alone.)
2 hours ago
And how do you feel about the crimes of European colonialists and capitalists? :)
1 hour ago
son of a f**k! they ask you! how do you feel about extrajudicial reprisal over 1.2 million US citizens of Japanese origin during 2MV just because they are Japanese? Answer!
Nikolai Svanidze is distantly related to Kato Svanidze, Stalin's first wife.
His own grandfather, Kato's cousin, died in the purges.
Kato died at 22, but another cousin of hers was interviewed about her when she was 109 years old.
I don’t understand the context. I was certain that the word “brawl” was plural for “teen”. Does it have more than one meaning?
Commies gone wild
LOL, reminds me of the exchange in "One, Two, Three"....
Peripetchikoff: No formula, NO DEAL!
C.R. MacNamara: OK, NO DEAL!
Borodenko: We do not need you! If we want Coca-cola, we invent it ourselves!
C.R. MacNamara: Oh, yeah? In 1956 you flew a bottle of Coke to a secret laboratory in Sverdlosk. A dozen of your top chemists went nuts trying to analyze the ingredients. Right?
Mishkin: No comment!
C.R. MacNamara: And in 1958, you planted two undercover agents in Atlanta to steal the formula. And what happened? They both defected! And now they're successful businessmen in Florida packaging instant borscht. Right?
Peripetchikoff: No comment!
C.R. MacNamara: Last year you put out a cockamamie imitation "Kremlin-Kola!" You tried it out in the satellite countries, but even the Albanians wouldn't drink it. They used it for SHEEP DIP! RIGHT?
Mishkin: No comment!
C.R. MacNamara: So either get down to business or get off the pot!
It can mean a fight or physical altercation. Two Russian intellectuals were giving their take on Joseph Stalin. One pro, one against...and it got violent.
The videos of this fight have 1 million plus views.