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Myth: Lenin was opposed to Stalin.

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 19 Jan 2018, 18:28
Ideology: Marxism-Leninism
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Post 26 Jan 2018, 08:16
He's demonized because;
A) Lenin didn't even want him to take over which is pretty telling, obviously he knew something...
B) Stalin killed his own people because again he was no Lenin.
C) This is why Stalin is 6 feet under and rotting while Lenin is perfectly preserved.
D) I think I'll trust Lenins words and History over Stalin. Until I see evidence to prove otherwise I will continue to see Stalin for what he is - an evil man who was power hungry.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 30 Dec 2017, 08:12
Ideology: Marxism-Leninism
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Post 28 Jan 2018, 09:05
Lenina,

A. Lenin never said such things. People typically cite his Testament when they make such arguments but the Testament never criticised his policies or his devotion to socialism, just that he was rude. A large reason reason was due to Stalin's poor relationship with Nadezhda Krupskaya, Lenin's wife. Stalin awknowledged his flaws.
B. Your second statement makes no sense, partly since you fail to specify what "his own people" means. Did Lenin not have people executed in the Russian Civil War? Also, nobody here is saying that Stalin was Lenin.
C. Actually, Stalin was initially embalmed and placed in Lenin's Mausoleum next to Lenin until he was removed to the Kremlin Wall Necropolis by the Khrushchevites in 1961.
D. There's plenty of sources on the contrary, knock yourself out!
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Mar 2018, 23:37
Ideology: Social Democracy
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Post 05 Mar 2018, 17:49
My question is the following, and it has bothered me for some time: why is it that Premier Krushchev is always criticised? He brought an end to the Stalinist purges, reduced considerably the number of people in penal Siberia, allowed Soviet society more freedom of expression than Stalin ever had, pursued detente with the Capitalist world (I think world peace, and the pursuit of it, should always be applauded; being full-scale out to blow each other to smithereens strikes me as a bad thing), improved the economy of the USSR...

Mr. Krushchev was hardly perfect. But constantly harping on his failures, and ignoring his successes, seems woefully unfair to the man. There's an old story, that may be true, or may not be. In a meeting in the Politburo when Mr. Krushchev was describing the excesses of Stalin's rule, a voice called out (that he did not recognise), and asked, "where were you during all this?"

Krushchev stopped speaking, looked around, and demanded, "stand up, you! I want to know who you are, right now!" No one stood up to acknowledge having asked the question. Then Krushchev said, "that's where I was, you bastard! Right where you are now!"

People accuse Mr. Krushchev of "restoring State Capitalism to the USSR". What the heck does that even mean? Was Lenin guilty of that when he implemented the NEP (I believe in 1921)?

Far be it from me to suggest that Mr. Krushchev made no mistakes. That would just make me appear stupid. But he gets a very bad rap, in my not so humble opinion.
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