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Remembering Comrade Stalin

Updated on October 16, 2013
In Krasnoyarsk the Putin government banned the Stalin memorial.  Brave CPRF comrades hold the rally regardless.
In Krasnoyarsk the Putin government banned the Stalin memorial. Brave CPRF comrades hold the rally regardless.

On the day of March 5th 1953, the Soviet Union and the international proletariat lost Comrade Josef Stalin. Known affectionately around the world as 'Uncle Joe', Stalin was a revolutionary, theoretician, crusher of Nazism and defender of Marxism-Leninism.

As Stalin was the most successful communist leader in history, it is of no surprise that the bourgeois media continued and indeed intensified their process of vilification after his death. This was facilitated by the counterrevolutionary falsification of history by the post-1956 CPSU leadership. The Khrushchevite cabal was termed by Mao Zedong; "the revisionist traitor group of Soviet leadership".

Using the 20th Congress of the CPSU, Khrushchev used the platform to deliver his 'secret speech', this launched a list of trumped up charges against the deceased Stalin. The speech was delivered in secret to delegates as to do this in the open would have resulted in the overthrow of the revisionist leadership by the masses of the workers. The workers, after all owed their freedom to Stalin and the CPSU for organizing the people in the struggle to defeat Nazism. They had also been driven in the fastest industrialization in history, which shot living standards through the roof, brought full employment and new homes to the people, as part of a wide array of social and economic benefits provided for by Soviet Socialism..

Documents released after the destruction of the Soviet Union have long disproved the allegations of the Khrushchevite cabal. This and a new wave of academic work have began the process of rehabilitating Stalin. For such reasons the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, which is the successor party to the CPSU, now recognizes and celebrates the gargantuan contributions of Comrade Stalin towards Marxist-Leninist theory, the freedom of the Russian people and the international communist movement.

On 5th March 2012 then, 59 years after the loss of Comrade Stalin, the CPRF remembers and celebrates the memory of 'Uncle Joe'. The date 5th March was also the day of the Russian Presidential Election, that date most likely being chosen by the ruling regime in order to minimize CPRF tributes to Stalin and the coverage such tributes would undoubtedly bring.

Communists in Penza laid red carnations at Stalin memorial.
Communists in Penza laid red carnations at Stalin memorial.

Previous Reflections on Stalin

"A judge of men and of situations, his great knowledge of Marxism-Leninism and his understanding of the class struggle enabled him to take the course that saved the revolution and routed its enemies. If he had been a petty-bourgeois ‘intellectual’ he would have lost the revolution and earned the praise of the workers’ enemies. But to save the revolution—that was ‘rude’, ‘ruthless’." - Willie Gallagher

"He was attacked and slandered as few men of power have been; yet he seldom lost his courtesy and balance; nor did he let attack drive him from his convictions nor induce him to surrender positions which he knew were correct. As one of the despised minorities of man, he first set Russia on the road to conquer race prejudice and make one nation out of its 140 groups without destroying their individuality." - W.E.B DuBois

"Congratulating Stalin is not a formality. Congratulating Stalin means supporting him and his cause, supporting the victory of socialism, and the way forward for mankind which he points out, it means supporting a dear friend. For the great majority of mankind today are suffering, and mankind can free itself from suffering only by the road pointed out by Stalin and with his help." - Mao Zedong

"It was in October 1952 that I heard Stalin speak for the last time from a tribune. The Communist Party of the Soviet Union was holding its 19th Congress. Stalin exhorted the Communists to take up the flag of democratic freedoms and national independence that the decadent bourgeoisie had thrown overboard." - Maurice Thorez

"He showed himself to be a worthy continuer of the work of Marx, Engels and Lenin, and gave brilliant proof that he was a great, clear-minded and resolute Marxist-Leninist." - Enver Hoxha

"Under Stalin, we lived 30 years without corruption. This is our history" - Gennady Zyuganov

"There is not one single example, during Stalin’s whole life of him removing someone from the collective leadership because that person disagreed with Stalin”. - Grover Furr


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      Comrade Joe 5 years ago from Glasgow, United Kingdom

      Thanks for the feedback.

      This wasn't a hub written to be any type of in-depth appraisal of the political life of Stalin. It was a spur of the moment collection of thoughts i posted on the anniversary of his death. My other defence for not mentioning the gulags in particular is that there are plenty of critics writing about this area. Not many are covering the positive aspects of Stalin.

      But the gulags are alluded to in what i wrote in a way. The line "Using the 20th Congress of the CPSU, Khrushchev used the platform to deliver his 'secret speech', this launched a list of trumped up charges against the deceased Stalin", at least implies that I don't accept the typical narrative concerning the gulags. That is not to say i deny their existence, I certainly don't.

      While I am not likely to do a hub on the gulags precisely, I hope to soon post one on the purges, the findings of which are largely transferable to the gulag question

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I wish You would have mentioned the Gulags ...

      Stalin definitely had his successes, without him the Second World War might have had a different ending (not so good for the western world either, something which many people seem to have forgotten) but he was certainly a mass-murderer as well. I would say the same about Hitler too: a great leader, maybe even a genius but a very sick and mentally unstable one ...

      I appreciate your passion and enjoyed the read. It brought back memories - I was born and grew-up in the Eastern Block under the Iron Curtain.

      Thank You for the conversation.


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      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      Really? During Stalins time grocery stores had no food on the shelves, People were thrown in prison for speaking out against the government! Homes were broken into by the KGB during the night and the occupants terrosed!................voted DOWN!