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  • ‘Learn some history, boy!’ Young Communist MP under fire for calling Gulag a ‘good thing’

    12/04/2018 4:52:41 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    RT ^ | Nov 2018
    The Gulag forced-labor camps in the USSR were “a good thing” as prisoners worked there to the benefit of the state, a 23-year-old local MP in Yekaterinburg said, and was slammed online as a “monster” in need of a history lesson. “Gulag is, actually, a good thing. Previously, the people were sent to work under supervision – at least, there was some benefit from them. But now, the inmates – rapists and murderers – just drink builder’s tea and do nothing, while we waste our money on them,” Andrey Pirozhkov, a recently-elected Communist Party MP in the Yekaterinburg’s local parliament,...
  • Ukraine tore down its Lenin statues. The hard part is filling the spaces left behind.

    11/19/2018 2:57:21 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Nov 16, 2018 | Anton Troianovski
    Four angels and the Virgin Mary mark the spot where the Communist used to stand. “We used to get drunk next to the Lenin,” a 45-year-old mechanic named Volodymyr said as he passed by. “Now it’s a sin to drink there, I guess,” his friend Yulia said. Five years after the start of Ukraine’s pro-Western revolution, the once-ubiquitous figure of Vladimir Lenin has been eradicated by law. So have other symbols of the Soviet era — gone from the country’s squares, streets and buildings. But Ukrainians are still searching for meaning — and identity — in the spaces left behind....
  • Putin Celebrates Centenary of GRU Spy Agency

    11/03/2018 1:42:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 21 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Nov 3, 2018 | Reuters
    At a ceremony marking the centenary of Russia's military intelligence agency, Putin, in comments likely to be seen as provocative in the West, saluted its operatives for carrying out daring special operations and said they provided a model for a future generation. The GRU has been in the spotlight since two men whom London blames for the Skripal poisoning admitted on Russian TV they had been in Salisbury on the day of the attack, but said they had only been there to see the city's famous cathedral spire. The GRU was founded as the Registration Directorate in 1918 after the...
  • Why Lenin's Corpse Lives on in Putin's Russia

    09/30/2018 3:02:32 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    The Russia File ^ | 2017 | Alice Underwood
    It’s not every society whose ideals are embodied by a corpse. But in the Soviet Union, the never-decaying body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was meant to freeze his ideals in time: a promise to citizens that they were on the collective path to the bright communist future. Opened to visitors on August 1, 1924, his mausoleum became a key symbol of Soviet power, from the saint-like aura around Lenin’s remains to the Politburo’s tradition of standing atop the structure on holidays. Today, the unburied body remains a lingering element of the Soviet legacy, representing Russia’s inability or unwillingness to bury...
  • Stalin's continuing, disputed legacy

    09/06/2018 8:19:09 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Eurozine ^ | 17 August 2018 | Daria Khlevnyuk
    The memory of Stalin’s Terror is now receiving more attention in Russia than at any time since the 1980s. The Stalin epoch’s influence on Russia is undeniable. Present-day Russians mainly live in a country inherited from the Stalin-era Soviet Union, not least in terms of infrastructure, architecture and social institutions. However, scholars, intellectuals and journalists agree that Russian society has yet to thoroughly work through the totalitarian legacy of Stalin’s era. According to a recent Levada-Center poll, Stalin’s popularity is actually rising. Around 40 percent of respondents expressed positive attitudes towards Stalin, while around one third agreed that Russia now...
  • Don’t be fooled – Karl Marx was a hate-filled totalitarian whose ideas killed millions

    09/05/2018 7:08:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 07.09.18 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    The thought of Karl Marx, a German political agitator whose theory of “scientific socialism” wreaked havoc on the world for most of the 20th century, would seem to have been consigned to the ash heap of history following the fall of the Eastern Bloc communist regimes from 1989 to 1991. After decades of mass murder claiming tens of millions of victims, as well as the totalitarian oppression of hundreds of millions more, the reputation of Marxism had been destroyed almost completely, seemingly assuring its final demise.However, a resurgence of interest in Marx’s thought has been ongoing since 2008, when the...
  • Seattle Mayor: Confederate monument and statue of Lenin need to go

    07/07/2018 7:56:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 8/18/17 | JOHN SEXTON
    The removal of offensive monuments took a unique turn in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray asked a cemetery to remove a Confederate monument erected in 1926 but also requested the removal of a large statue of Vladimir Lenin. From the Seattle Times: The monument, erected in 1926 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Lenin statue are both on private property. Still, Murray said, he believes they should be removed. “Not only do these kinds of symbols represent historic injustices, their existence causes pain among those who themselves or whose family members have been impacted by these atrocities,” Murray...
  • Happy Earth Day! Here's the story of the co-founder who killed, then composted, his girlfriend

    04/22/2018 4:13:46 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 34 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 04/19/2018 | Harpygoddess
    Nicknamed the Unicorn Killer because his last name means "one horn" in German, Ira Einhorn jumped bail and evaded arrest for 23 years, but eventually the "she went to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned" story fell apart. Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the "composted" body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk... After 23 years, he was finally extradited to the United States from France and put on trial....
  • India crowd pulls down Tripura Lenin statue after Communist defeat

    03/07/2018 1:33:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 March 2018
    Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been accused of pulling down a statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in Tripura state. Monday's incident happened days after the party swept elections in the north-eastern state, dislodging the Communist government after 25 years. The five-year-old statue in Belonia town was removed with the help of an excavator as supporters cheered. There have been clashes between BJP and Communist party workers in the state. The NDTV news channel quoted eyewitnesses as saying the excavator which brought down the statue was hired by BJP workers.
  • Russian Communists Assault Moscow Deputies Over Lenin Statue

    02/02/2018 7:59:54 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 40 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Feb 2, 2018
    A fight erupted between communist party members and local municipal politicians in Moscow this week over a proposal to move a statue of Vladimir Lenin. "It was a special unscheduled meeting, we didn’t invite anyone and were very surprised that a whole horde of them had gathered," the RBC business portal cited local council member Dmitry Maksimov as saying. Maksimov reportedly filed a police complaint after suffering a head wound in the incident. The Communist leader Suraikin denied attacking the deputy and accused local authorities of "attempting to insult the entire Soviet past." Footage on state-run television showed Suraikin gesticulating...
  • Putin: Communist ideology similar to Christianity, Lenin’s body like saintly relics

    01/14/2018 4:08:06 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 85 replies
    Russia Today ^ | January 14, 2018
    Maybe I’ll say something that someone might dislike, but that’s the way I see it,” Putin said in an interview for the documentary Valaam, an excerpt of which was broadcast on Russia 1. “First of all, faith has always accompanied us, becoming stronger every time our country, our people, have been through hard times. “There were those years of militant atheism when priests were eradicated, churches destroyed, but at the same time a new religion was being created. Communist ideology is very similar to Christianity, in fact: freedom, equality, brotherhood, justice – everything is laid out in the Holy Scripture,...
  • "Can a Christian be a Communist?" - Sermon by Martin Luther King Jr.

    01/12/2018 3:39:25 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 63 replies
    Martin Luther King Papers Project ^ | September 30, 1962 | Martin Luther King Jr.
    Now, let us begin by answering the question which our sermon topic raises: Can a Christian be a communist? I answer that question with an emphatic “no.” These two philosophies are diametrically opposed. The basic philosophy of Christianity is unalterably opposed to the basic philosophy of communism, and all of the dialectics of the logician cannot make them lie down together. They are contrary philosophies. Now, there are at least three reasons why I feel obligated as a Christian minister to talk to you about communism. The first reason grows out of the fact that communism is having widespread influence...
  • 95 Years Ago, the USSR Was Formed… Then Communism Killed a Million People a Year

    01/01/2018 12:31:58 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 35 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | 12/30/17 | Joe Simonson
    As America begins preparations for Sunday’s New Year’s Eve festivities, some might be celebrating another holiday — that of the formation of the Soviet Union. The USSR, established Dec. 30, 1922, by Vladimir Lenin, was born out of the same needless bloodshed that would later define it. Five years prior in 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution began, sparking a civil war that would leave millions dead, many by sheer acts of murder committed by competing factions.
  • On this date in 1943

    12/28/2017 3:30:57 PM PST · by Bull Snipe · 66 replies
    Stalin's NKVD started to round up the Kalmkys. Their crime, some had served the Germans. Of the 95,000 ethnic Kalmyks, about half died enroute or during their first winter in Siberia. Stalin's order was absolute. Ethnic Kalmky's were pulled out of the front line infantry and tank units and deported. Included were 21 Kalmyk soldiers that had been awarded "Hero of the Soviet Union." for their service in combat to the Soviet Union.
  • We let Lenin rise, millions died. Now it’s Islamism

    11/12/2017 3:39:21 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 29 replies
    Sunday Times ^ | 12th October 2017 | Niall Ferguson
    Last week marked the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. On the night of November 7, 1917, the Winter Palace in Petrograd was occupied by the Bolsheviks. Seventy-two years later, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was opened. In the intervening period, according to the estimates in The Black Book of Communism, the grand total of victims of communism was between 85m and 100m. Mao Tse-tung alone accounted for tens of millions: 2m between 1949 and 1951, another 3m in the course of the 1950s, a staggering 45m in the man-made famine known as the “Great Leap Forward”,...
  • Because That’s How You Get More Trump

    11/08/2017 5:46:29 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 11-8-17 | MOTUS
    On this date in history:1 Year Ago: Donald Trump ‘unexpectedly’ beat Crooked Hillary in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Since then the Media/Entertainment/Russian cabal has done its best to keep hatred alive and divisive politics operative. And Deep State has done everything possible to thwart the implementation of the winner’s agenda. Because they all know what’s better for us than we do.Part of it is that the election is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation into Russian interference and the open question of whether Donald Trump’s team colluded with foreign agents to kneecap Hillary Clinton and capture the White...
  • OCTOBER REVOLUTION: RUSSIA'S COMMUNISTS WARN OF RIOTS IF LENIN IS BURIED, KADYROV DEMANDS APOLOGY

    While Russian President Vladimir Putin is voicing no opinion on the Bolshevik Revolution, it has opened a rift between two of the country’s most outspoken politicians. In a rare example of mainstream political split in Russia, the row has seen threats of riots and demands for apology to victims of the Soviet regime. Ahead of the revolution’s centennial this week, the President of Russia’s Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov joined a chorus of voices from across the political spectrum in Russia, calling for the burial of the uprising’s leader, Vladimir Lenin. For almost a century, the revolutionary’s body has laid embalmed...
  • Communism Turns 100

    11/01/2017 6:07:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2017 | John Stossel
    This year marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia. Communist regimes went on to kill about 100 million people. Most died in famines after socialist tyrants forced people to practice inefficient collective farming. Millions of others were executed in political purges. Yet when the Russian Revolution happened, people both inside and outside Russia were excited. Crowds cheered Lenin. No longer would nobles rule; no longer would capitalists exploit workers. Now the people would prosper together. British journalist Theodore Rothstein wrote, "The undivided sway of the Imperialist nightmare is at an...
  • Trump Supporters Converge On Seattle’s Lenin Statue, Shout ‘Tear It Down’

    08/18/2017 1:25:31 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 26 replies
    geekwire.com ^ | August 16, 2017
    A handful of self-described supporters of President Donald Trump converged on Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood Wednesday to call for the removal of a statue of Russian Communist revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin that has stood in the neighborhood for 22 years. Protesters Wednesday wore Make America Great Again hats and held signs that said “Lenin = Hitler,” “100 Million Dead” and “Alt-Left Hate,” and they chanted slogans such as “Shame on Seattle,” “Tear hate down,” and “Genocide is not a joke” at passing cars and people grabbing lunch in the arty, tech-heavy neighborhood. Fremont is home to offices of such tech companies...
  • Seattle mayor requests removal of Lenin, Confederate statues

    08/17/2017 4:11:16 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 34 replies
    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray expressed his displeasure in a Confederate statue Lake View Cemetery on Wednesday. Now, on Thursday, he’s officially asking for its removal. That and the removal of the Lenin statue in Fremont. RANTZ: Murray should mind his own business See his entire statement: “In the last few days, Seattleites have expressed concerns and frustration over symbols of hate, racism and violence that exist in our city. Not only do these kinds of symbols represent historic injustices, their existence causes pain among those who themselves or whose family members have been impacted by these atrocities. We should remove...