Galima Galiullina, Ph.D, for VT
The prediction of Joseph Stalin that a lot of garbage will be brought to his grave, but then the wind of history will dispel it, is coming true today before our eyes. Fully 70% of Russians positively assess Stalin’s role in history, a Levada Center poll showed. This is a record for all years of relevant research. Almost half of the respondents are ready to understand the repressions of the Stalin era, without blaming Stalin for them.
Such a revolutionary breakthrough in assessing the role of Stalin’s personality in the history of Russia occurred for several reasons:
- A fierce and cynical attack of the collective West on the shrines of Russian history – first of all, victory in the Second World War;
- Persistent and annoying calls for repentance following the example of Germany. Germany has something to repent for, and the descendants of the USSR have important reasons for pride;
- The unfair and absolutely unfortunate persistent attacks on the leader of modern Russia, Vladimir Putin;
- Meaningless and doomed to failure attempts to isolate Russia on the world stage while Russia today responds to the most important requests of mankind;
- An increasingly confident return of Russia to the global arena as a defender of traditional values, justice in international relations and a guarantor of peace.
The 75th anniversary of the Great Victory will be marked by the return of Stalin to the podium of national hero, the creator of a new civilization unprecedented in the history of mankind, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, who led the Soviet people to victory over the enemy of mankind – fascism. According to the law of the pendulum, in the memory of generations of modern Russians and peoples of the post-Soviet space, the composition of lies and slander around the name of Stalin, we observe a process of returning to historical truth. The most important thing in this process is that the understanding of Stalin’s personality and his role in the fate of all people living on the planet happens almost spontaneously, at the behest of hearts with memory and conscience.
We also note that the geopolitical context of the revival of the name of Stalin as a genius in modern history is incredibly favorable for destroying the plans of lovers for repentance for other people’s crimes.
Trotskyism as the main enemy of Stalin and modern mankind
The Russian fifth column in the early 90s of the 20th century was extremely inspired by the return to the political arena of Trotskyism both in Russia itself, and in Europe and the USA. The modern USA is Trotsky’s embodied dream, where global capital is omnipresent and at the same time securely faceless, its power over the world is practically unlimited, but the crimes of this power have no name. Trotsky’s ghost hovers behind every “color revolution”, in endless streams of refugees from devastated countries, in the ruins of cities where rockets and bombs brought democracy, to 4.5 million children on the streets of Russian cities in the 90s, in the empty villages of Russia, in the chaos of drowning fragile little ships, who did not save their desperate passengers from the war.
The problem is that God has not yet sent Stalin to America. If modern thinkers can courageously abandon the ideological trash that their predecessors piled around Stalin’s name for 75 years and risk honestly and objectively answering just a few questions on recent history, there is little hope that the younger generation of politicians will be able to expel Trotsky’s ghost from the future of the country.
Was the USSR an existential enemy of the United States?
In the days of Stalin, the USSR was not yet called the existential enemy of the United States, but the fact that the USSR caused unconscious fear and hatred among the leaders of capitalist countries is noticeable in many events of that time. US President Herbert Hoover, observing the increase in the military power of Nazi Germany, expressed the hope that the two dictatorial regimes would weaken each other in the upcoming war and Hitler would be able to destroy Stalin and his country.
Later, Harry Truman, having tested the destructive power of atomic weapons on the Japanese, hoped to finally solve the problem with Stalin and the USSR. Speaking at a large rally in New York in the fall of 1945, Truman said that the United States possessed the most powerful navy, the most powerful military aircraft, and unprecedented powerful weapons of mass destruction. He assured the world that the United States would not tolerate violations of democracy in any country in the world. So, Truman announced the beginning of the Cold War – Churchill and his speech at Fulton was only an afterword to Truman’s prediction.
Russian historian Yuri Zhukov told the story of a meeting between Henry Kissinger and Stalin in November 1944. Kissinger, then a young journalist was in charge of the Moscow Bureau of the Associated Press, did not hesitate to headline the interview “Stalin’s Days are Expiring.” His passionate thirst for death of a man who gave so much strength and efforts to victory over fascist Germany – what is it? Infernal hatred of Stalin as a leader. After all the western view of Stalin then was as one who dared to go beyond the red line of their totalitarian views?
Even today, the Western historian, who dared to dispense with the image of the red devil in the portrait of Stalin, runs the risk of incurring the wrath of his colleagues and falling out of the grip of handshakes.
Incredibly, the man who managed to prepare the country for an imminent war in a short time against the manic plans of enslaving millions and murdering other unnecessary souls, involved tens of millions of illiterate peasants in the process that swept Russian people to the heights of industrial progress. The man to whom mankind owes salvation from the plague of Nazi terror is emerging from a campaign of anti-Stalinist paranoia that managed to turn him into a frightening myth for half a century.
The lie that has poisoned the world
Let’s open a layered pie of lies about Stalin and the new civilization created by the Soviet people. For more than half a century this whole lump has been fervently fed the whole world, and especially the Russians. At the bottom of the pie is the assertion that Stalin created an evil empire that threatened the world with universal poverty, total control and suppression of freedoms. In 1991, the USSR collapsed without war and military aggression, voluntarily surrendering all the positions of the gains of socialism and practically nullifying the agreements of Yalta and Potsdam after the victory of the USSR in World War II.
Liberal capitalism has come to freedom-hungry peoples. Are these nations happy today? Do they enjoy their freedoms and curse the tyrant who shielded them from the prosperous nations by the iron curtain? Russians today recall with horror the first years of impending freedom. Only one figure – 4.5 million children on the streets of Russian cities, a repetition of the nightmare of the Civil War.
Are young Tajiks happy now, thousands of whom are illiterate today? Maybe the hearts of the Kyrgyz people, who lost almost all national resources in one day of the summer of 2019, are filled with joy? Perhaps young Kazakhs are happy to see an increase in the number of fascist youths? Undoubtedly, the Ukrainians are happy, who recently learned that the Maidan, for the sake of which they sacrificed their country, was arranged only to divide $ 100 billion between the lucky ones.
The second layer of the pie – all saturated with the blood of the victims of the tyrant. Yet, recently historians in Russia and other countries, for example, in the USA, began to make sobering arguments about the causes of repression and the environment in which Stalin had to make decisions. Often unbearably difficult, because they concerned not only a close circle of associates and friends. It is encouraging that among American researchers there were those who analyzed in detail the internal and external atmosphere in which Stalin acted, forsaking world revolution instead making the decision to build socialism in one country. The works of Arch Getty are devoid of odious hatred of Stalin’s personality and bring American readers closer to the realities of Soviet history. It is enough to realize that Stalin’s goal, starting in 1936, was to build a new civilization in one country. In fact, this was a rejection of the plan for a world revolution approved by the backstage strategists of global finance, plunging the countries into chaos and depression, and Russia into the center of an all-planetary fire.
The third layer of the pie of lies – being a villain and a bloody tyrant, Stalin surrounded himself with a gang of the same psychopaths and bandits. Lavrenty Beria was the most unlucky. In front of new generations of Russians and foreigners inexperienced in the secrets of Russian history, he was represented by the brisk pen of lying liberal historians as a pedophile and a lecher, an incredibly cruel executioner. But the actual role of Beria in Soviet history is just opening now and indicates that it was Beria who managed to organize the creation of atomic weapons by Soviet scientists in four years of incredible exertion. Truman and Churchill’s plan to scare Stalin with the incredible power of the atomic bomb failed, already in 1949 the USSR tested its atomic bomb. And it saved the country again.
The fourth layer of the pie of lies – the totalitarian regime of Stalin created Homo Sovieticus – a new type of person deprived of thirst for freedom, full of slavish fear, living under the strict dictates of social norms, deprived of freedom of choice in everything. The historian M. Geller describes his compatriots as:
“Homosos is accustomed to living in relatively poor conditions, ready to meet difficulties, constantly waiting for the worst; approves the actions of the authorities; seeks to prevent those who violate the usual forms of behavior, fully supports the leadership; possesses a standard ideologized consciousness; a sense of responsibility for his country, ready for sacrifices and ready to doom others to sacrifice.”
According to the English Slavic, an employee of the University of Leeds, F. Ellis, the constant attacks on the mind, common sense and the rules of decency and distort and cripple both personality and intelligence, eliminate the boundary between truth and falsehood. As a result, Homo sovieticus, full of fear and devoid of intellectual initiative, is formed, which is “a mouthpiece for party ideas and slogans, it is not so much a human being as a vessel that is filled and emptied as directed by the party.”
In fact, Stalin dreamed that the Soviet people would be an example of the highest spiritual development. For this, the world’s best education system was created, free of charge at all levels, theater, cinema, art all were involved in the ennoblement of Soviet people. If you now watch old Soviet films and view photographs, you can see amazing inspired faces, beautiful in their incomprehensible brightness of the life of the spirit.
Fifth, the richest in incredible lies, decorated with spreading cranberries, the top of the pie is the story of Stalin’s mental abnormality, that he was sick with paranoia and that millions of people became victims of his fears. A brilliant strategist, a man who managed to make his great dreams a dream of millions and bring them to life, the one whom the Soviet people called the father of the nation, through the efforts of two international propaganda campaigns, became a maniac and a psychopath.
The episode about which Marshal Zhukov told, opened to me most of all about Stalin’s human qualities is when the generals came to Stalin and reported on the proposal of the German command to exchange Marshal Paulus, who was captured in Stalingrad, for Stalin’s eldest son, who was also held captive. Stalin listened to the proposal, went to the window and looked silently outside for a long time. When he returned, he said one phrase: “What will the other fathers say about this?”
Yakov Dzhugashvili died in captivity.
The origins of anti-Stalin paranoia
In a mortal battle with Hitler, Stalin managed to drive him into the bunker as a fiend of Hell forever. But the instructions of the Führer to fight the Russians turned out to be more tenacious. Vitaly Legostaev, a former employee of the apparatus of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, writes in his memoirs: “There is a deeper reason for the re-vaccinated Yakovlev (the main ideologist of perestroika) to the society of anti-Stalin paranoia. To name it, one will have to turn once more to the writings of the authorities of the Third Reich. Oddly enough, but it is in them that the explanations of many practical actions of the current generation of Russian liberals are easily found.
The notorious Walter Schellenberg, a former chief of German foreign intelligence, tells in his memoirs that in July 1941 Hitler convened a high-level meeting at which the foundations of the future policy of Germany with attention to Soviet Russia were determined. The Führer set the task: “In the East, in the shortest possible time, it is necessary to create a powerful information service that should work so unmistakably and harmoniously that such a person as Stalin could not appear in any region of the Soviet Union. It’s not the masses of the Russian people themselves that are dangerous, but the inherent power to generate such personalities that can, based on knowledge of the soul of the Russian people, set the masses in motion.”
The secret of the survival of the peoples of Russia in a continuous, indefinite and merciless war for their complete destruction was unraveled by Hitler. When the peoples of Russia are united in their pursuit of a great goal, and to that goal they are led by the one to whom they entrusted their future, they are capable of unthinkable feats.
I remember this absolutely unbridled campaign to destroy the people’s memory of Stalin in the 80s and 90s. Even Hitler, the culprit of the terrible disasters of millions of people and the deaths of 27 million Soviet people, appears as a victim of circumstances against the backdrop of the monstrous portrait of Stalin, created by the joint efforts of Russian and Western liberals and enemies of Russia.
The personification of infernal evil in the image of Stalin facilitated the grandiose work of destroying the USSR and its heritage in World history.
Why is Stalin returning?
Stalin still had many unfinished grandiose plans on Earth. The historian Yuri Zhukov describes the state of Stalin in 1944 as a state of extreme fatigue as 4 years of war and the struggle for victory drained the forces of the Commander-in-Chief. But only in October 1945 did Stalin leave for vacation for the first time after 1931. Truman immediately sent Harriman to personally verify the condition of the Soviet leader. Harriman had to wait two weeks while the doctors put Stalin on his feet. After his first stroke, Stalin’s condition worsened continuously. And at this time an anti-Soviet bloc was being created around the USSR, NATO, SEATO and CENTO became the links of this bloc. The arms race begins. Stalin tried to convince the West that the world needs a respite, perhaps a peaceful coexistence of systems. Cities and villages in the USSR were still the ashes and ruins of bombed houses, and they needed time and energy to restore destroyed factories and plants. Many families were left without fathers; a heavy burden of loneliness and survival in ruined homes fell on women’s shoulders. But the West was in a hurry, they did not want to see again in the USSR a successful denial of their ideals.
And Stalin was already thinking about the future. Under him, a space exploration project was launched, a project to develop the Arctic. The railway, which under Stalin began to be built in the Far North, and later abandoned under Khrushchev, is only now being continued. School books written in the USSR under Stalin are again in demand today. It turned out that it is in them that the knowledge necessary for the harmonious development of children is best represented.
The Russians, who for 30 years have experienced the tragedy of losing the country, national pride, the bitterness of betrayal and the despair of the crumbling familiar world, are looking for lessons from their mistakes in the past. The return of Stalin to the pedestals of monuments is not just a challenge to the cynical grin of the enemies of the Fatherland, it is a reminder to ourselves and the world: we are the winners!
Happy Birthday Joseph Dzhugashvili Stalin, we remember and miss you.
Galima Galiullina, Ph.D, for VT