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CrossTalk: In Stalin's Grip

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 12 Jun 2006, 02:14
Ideology: Marxism-Leninism
Post 09 Dec 2009, 21:25
A discussion about Stalin's legacy in modern russia.

Any opinions?

"Where Argentina goes, Latin America will go".
Leonid Brezhnev

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Sep 2009, 00:56
Ideology: Democratic Socialism
Post 10 Dec 2009, 22:06
My dislike of the right-wing historian (Robert Service) on the panel knows no bounds. His biography of Trotsky is a joke, and so was his argument here. That Russian fellow was quite right to point out things like the Official Secrets Act in Britain. I guess if you don't actually know there's documents you're not allowed to see there isn't a problem? I could have won an argument with that fop.

Edit: To put it in perspective, here's one of the quotes on his book that is marketed as a selling point:

'In this astonishingly comprehensive book- Robert Service has trawled almost every archive on the planet that has any reference to Trotsky...This is a superb work of scholarship, and above all leaves the reader in no doubt as to the evil of Trotsky, not just in politics but in his personal life...if you seek to know about this crucial figure in the history of Marxism-Leninism, this book will tell you everything.' --Daily Telegraph
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 30 Nov 2007, 08:37
Post 12 Dec 2009, 00:57
Thoroughly disinteresting. Another conservative circle jerk.
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