EDITORIAL: Stalin takes One for the Team


Stalin takes One for the Team

A lot of evidence is emerging that Stalin was the first democrat of our country.  How can a textbook prove that Stalin was a tyrant?  I’ve come here to defend Stalin, to defend him against these terrible accusations. He was a great man. He united the country and created a great superpower.

Those were the words of the Russian supporters of the greatest mass-murderer of Russians in world history, Josef Stalin, gathered outside the Basmanny District Court last week, defending their hero as his legal case for libel against the heroic Novaya Gazeta newspaper went straight into the crapper.

NG was being sued by the spawn of Stalin himself because it expressed a slightly different view of Stalin, namely that he was a “bloodthirsty cannibal.”  Not even a Russian court was willing to find that to be a false statement.  In fact, it’s odd that Stalin’s supporters were offended by this designation.  One would think that a pack of bloodthirsty cannibals would be proud to wear this epithet like a  badge of honor.

It’s yet another crack in the foundations of the Putin regime.  As we documented in our last issue, various high-ranking officials have begun to directly challenge Putin’s outrageous misconduct, and now the court system is joining in as well.  Let’s not forget that Putin’s own policies have been to rehabilitate Stalin, including a specific program to alter high school history textbooks in order to brand Stalin as a wise leader who only did what he had to do during his time in power.

And let’s also not forget that this outrageous lawsuit actually got to trial, something that could not have happened in any civilized nation on the planet.  In any normal country, this lawsuit would have been thrown out long before the day of trial as the frivolous piece of garbage it is.

Nor should we forget that the similar lawsuit by the crazed dictator of Chechnya against the Memorial human rights organization over its statements in defense of Natalia Estemirova recently had quite a different outcome: The dictator won.

Nonetheless, the Stalin ruling is an important victory for our side.  In combination with the recent walkout of “opposition” deputies in the Duma and the various open challenges to Putin by administration officials, these actions show that Putin is far from the invicible political juggernaut he is painted as being.  They show that we can win this fight for Russia’s future if only we do not lose heart.

14 responses to “EDITORIAL: Stalin takes One for the Team

  1. It’s yet another crack in the foundations of the Putin regime.

    Sorry, but, nothing is cracking that regime until the day that 5000 Russians show up on the street and defy the 350-to-a-rally restriction. As long as Russians respect such anti-democratic laws, they stay slaves.

    Basmanny District Court was instructed to let the NG case go. The timing isn’t right just yet. Putin isn’t quite ready to bring Koba the Dread back on a national scale. He’s not where he needs to be in building up Nashi yet. Those scummy little para-military kiddies are going to be more useful as time passes. Layers of terror is the objective.

  2. OT, but, do you think today’s new threads can stop becoming inane troll landfills?

    If anyone is paying attention these routinely changing monikers paired with their sockpuppet are most likely the same person or few persons that hang around here.

    Responding to them isn’t a virtue. It just trashes the site, but, hey, that’s what they want.

    It’s really getting old.

  3. Well, wasn’t the Stalinist system a “people’s democracy”?

    (This and “dictatorship of the proletaryat”.)

    • Yes, in the sense that “all men were created equal” under the Declaration of Independence. It’s just that some people (blacks, non-communists) weren’t considered “people.”

      • I was just being sarcastic. They used to have “people’s democracy” (“aka dictatorship of the proletaryat”), now they’re having “managed democracy” (aka “dictatorship of law”).

  4. Poland is attempting to do what the morally degenerate and re-Stalinizing Russians will not do:

    Under legislation now winding its way through the Polish parliament aimed at cracking down on symbols associated with totalitarian systems, the production, distribution and sale of anything bearing the image of Guevara, such as posters, T-shirts and flags, would be illegal.

    Backers of the proposal argue that communism spawned brutal regimes which accounted for the deaths of millions, and therefore its imagery should face similar bans to those already in place in Poland prohibiting the sale of items bearing the swastika and other Nazi emblems.


    What a contrast and tale of two countries.

    You’d have to be in an alcohol coma or too dumb to breathe not to notice Putin’s re-habilitation of Stalin. Realizing that Stalin’s death camps rolled off most nostalgic sovoks backs given his approval ratings no matter that extended family members went missing I’m sure it is incomprehensible that the Poles are kicking Communism ito the same gutter as Nazism.

    Russia is a failed state by every metric but oil revenues and here’s hoping the Chinese relieve them of that in the future. They will.

    • While sympathetic in spirit, I am against this legislation because in a normal, healthy democratic society — and that’s an important qualifier — I think we need idiots like Stalin’s family to occasionally dredge up evil rulers or extremists of the past in order to (re-)generate public discussion about them. For every moron college student in Poland who wears a Che Guevara t-shirt, a hundred people can step forward who will counter, “But do you understand what his ideas really meant?”

  5. Soviet Ghosts
    19 October 2009
    By Richard Lourie
    The Germans lucked out with Hitler. He was so evil, so destructive and so unsuccessful that it was easy to reject him completely. But the Russians were not so “lucky” with Stalin.

    Tomes have been written comparing the two great dictators, but in the end what matters most are their differences. The main difference was that in World War II, Hitler lost and Stalin won. That meant suicide for Hitler and the Nuremberg trials for the country and its high command. For Stalin, it meant the spoils and honors that come with being the victor, and for the Soviet Union it meant securing a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

    Stalin is part of a larger problem for the Russians — how to deal with the Soviet phase of their history, how shame and pride should be apportioned and what to accept with a neutral shrug. A perfect and permanent formulation will of course never be found. What matters more is the attempt that Russia is not making.

    The Soviet ghosts emerge in the little details


  6. LR, it may be a crack in the wall, but my take on it is in line with Penny’s – they weren’t going to award money to a Georgian.

    It did not suit their purposes.

    Giving money to stalin’s wormy spawn does not advance Putler’s purposes.

    Not giving money to stalin’s wormy spawn does not hinder Putler’s purposes.


    Contrast that with the other “verdict” – a living dictator, useful to Putler’s purposes and image.

  7. Since LR’s article avoids straightforward answers, let me ask: Who won? O whose side does LR think the Russian courts are: Stalin’s or Novaya Gazeta’s?

    Seems like the Russian courts are against Stalin:

    Court rules against Stalin grandson in libel suit

    Is that right? There is more great anti-Stalin news that came last month:


    MOSCOW, Sep. 9, 2009

    ‘Gulag Archipelago’ Now Required Reading In Russia
    Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

    Russia Makes Parts Of Once-banned ‘The Gulag Archipelago’ Now Required Reading In Schools

    (AP) A Russian news agency says parts of the once-banned book “The Gulag Archipelago” have been declared required reading for upper-level students in the country’s schools.

    The sprawling book recounts the brutality and despair of the prison camp system set up under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

    According to the state-run news agency RIA Novosti, the Education Ministry on Wednesday ordered that passages from the book become required reading in order to deepen students’ understanding of Russia’s history.


    And here are earlier news:


    Putin honors Stalin victims 70 years after terror
    Reuters – October 39, 2007

    Russian President Vladimir Putin paid his respects on Tuesday to millions of people killed under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and called for the country to unite to prevent a repeat of its tragic past.

    Putin marked Russia’s annual day of remembrance for the victims of Stalin’s purges with a visit to Butovo, where tens of thousands of people were executed. “We know very well that 1937 was the peak of the purges but this year was well prepared by years of cruelty,” Putin said beside a mass grave after laying flowers at a memorial. Putin said such tragedies “happen when empty ideas are put above fundamental values, values of human life, of rights and freedom.”

    “Hundreds of thousands, millions of people were killed and sent to camps, shot and tortured,” he said. “These were people with their own ideas which they were unafraid of speaking out about. They were the cream of the nation.” “There was even a complete theatrical troupe from the Baltics massacred here,” Deacon Dmitry, a priest at the site, said.

    In pictures: Putin laments Stalin purges

    Putin Commemorates Victims of Soviet Repression
    Voice Of America
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has commemorated more than 20,000 people executed at a Moscow killing field during the height of Stalinist terror in 1937 to 1938. Mr. Putin said those who perished included the Soviet Union’s most outspoken and effective people. Under gray skies, President Putin laid flowers at a cross erected in memory of more than 20,000 people shot at the Butovo firing range on Moscow’s southern edge. Mr. Putin said Russians should do their best to remember the tragedy, which occurred in 1937 and 1938. The Russian leader says millions of people were destroyed, shot, sent to labor
    camps, and tortured.


    Putin Signs Repression Payback Bill

    Associated Press, February 2003

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill providing additional government pensions and other privileges to children of victims of Soviet-era political repression. The new law gives people whose parents were subjected to political repression while they were minors the same rights as other repression victims, the presidential press service said Monday in a statement.

    • Meanwhile the Putin government and his puppet Medvedev harass those trying to uncover the true extent or Russian and Soviet crimes.

      The harassment of Memorial in relation to soviet crimes, the killing of journalists and human rights activists reporting on the massive Russian war crimes in the north (and south) caucasus.

      The rehabilitation of Stalin in school textbooks, the doucumentaries and drama shows lauding Stalins wartime role and how he “made Russia great” on Russian TV.

      Returning inscriptions praising Stalin to the Moscow metro.

      Actions speak louder than words Mr Tal.

      You really are a lying retard.

  8. The USSR under Stalin was not only the most equal society ever, it was also the most just society ever: apart from Stalin himself, everyone from top to bottom could expect an moment without any reasons to become a victim of the Stalin Terror. Now isn’t this justice and equality?

  9. Vladimir Lavrov, deputy director of Moscow’s Institute of Russian History, said about 10 Stalin statues of have been restored or erected in Russia in recent years.


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