The 70th anniversary of the German attack on the Soviet Union was on June 21. On that occasion I visited many Russian websites. What a surprise to find that both communists and anticommunists glorify Stalin in today's Russia.
Communists remember him as a great Marxist ideologist, as Lenin's partner, as a leader responsible for collectivization of agriculture, for rapid industrialization, and for merciless destruction of traitors, especially within the communist party and the military, in the late 1930's. Briefly, they glorify him as the leader of the Soviet proletarian dictatorship, and as a military genius responsible for the Soviet victory over fascism.
The anticommunists also claim that Stalin was responsible for the Soviet victory over fascism. But they totally ignore his communist ideology, and the brutality he used to impose obedience. Logically, the attitude toward Stalinism should divide communists and anticommunists. But in reality it seems to unite them. How can this be explained?
And this is not the only puzzle. As some of you probably remember, I wrote a memoir about life in the Soviet Union during the first year of the war. It can be seen at
http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowals ... nievo.html
Thinking about the approaching 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War--that is how Russians refer to their experience during WWII--I sent the above link to perhaps as many as 20 editors of Russian newspapers, giving them permission to translate and publish my memoir. Not a single one responded. How can this be explained?
Ludwik Kowalskil (see Wikipedia)
See "Diary of a Former Communist: Thoughts, Feelings, Reality." This FREE autobiography is based on my diary kept between 1946 and 2004 (in the USSR, Poland, France and the USA). The link is
Victory in a war tends to make whoever was in charge of a country at the time very popular, especially if said war was basically for a people's survival against a brutal, racist foe with no regard for human life in the areas that they occupied out of a sense of racial superiority. This also explains Mao Zedong's popularity in China for his wartime leadership against Japan and the KMT.
Also, though Stalin was brutal, and many innocents were punished unfairly, corrupt officials often found themselves punished as well. This is a stark contrast with today's post-Soviet Russia, where corruption and abuse is rampant, and unlike under Stalin's USSR and the Soviet Union in general, which provided the citizens with jobs and social security, in modern Russia, the rich get richer but leave the have-not's out to rot. All of these could contribute to Stalin's enduring popularity.
It should also be noted that usually anti-communists are also ardent nationalists, and they might praise Stalin because they view him as the one who built Russia into a world superpower, and either ignore or willfully misinterpret the Marxist-Leninist ideology under Stalin into something else completely. That Stalin's policy became Socialism in One Country instead of actively promoting world revolution would only provide more reasons for nationalists to like him, as some consider his policies to be a sort of national socialism -- not that other National Socialism in Germany, except that some people do think that socialism and Nazism are the same things, and while some use this as ammunition against the Left, others in post-Soviet states embrace this and praise Stalin as a result.
“Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals” - Mark Twain
Stalin was Georgian.
He was more a Russian than a Georgian IMO.
My point (yes I know I was unclear) is that present day racism in Russia is absurd, considering the makeup of the Soviet Union.
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