about the criminal mapping of the communist regime provoked
an ardent discussion [in my blog]. However, I think
that not all the readers have carefully thought over the
In my post I wrote that there had been different crimes
of communism against nations, and that they had been taking
not only the form of terror or Famine genocide. Artificial
division of nations implemented throughout the Soviet history
is also a crime. [President of Ukraine] Viktor Yuschenko
has been insisting on consideration of the Famine genocide
only as a crime against the Ukrainian nation. In my view
this represents typical political manoeuvring. Stalinist-Bolsheviks
crimes targeted not only the Ukrainian nation. It is undeserving
to speculate with such things for political reasons and
basing on our common tragedy boost nationalism and hatred
If International Tribunal on the crimes of communism could
take place, there would be certainly raised an issue about
criminal separation of nations by means of arbitrary boundaries.
It would be important for Russia, but before this Russia
should on the state level and officially in the legal form
condemn Stalinism as the hardest crime, including such crimes
as deportation of nations and many other, including Famine
genocide as a terrible crime of Stalin’s regime.
In addition, the initiators of the Belovezh agreements
(Ed. The hasty agreements between the heads of Russia, Ukraine
and Byelorussia on creation of the CIS) are also culprits
here. They divided the country in accordance with the boundaries
drawn by the communists and concluded the agreements as
a secret deal - in a criminal form.
If such a tribunal is objective, it should raise an issue
of a national-territorial aspect of the crimes of communism.
In such a case it would lead to historical assessment of
such criminal divisions, arbitrarily set borders, separation
and boosting hatred among nations and possibly work out
recommendations how to amend the obvious historical injustice
and whether it is at all possible.
It is obvious that many conflicts in the post-Soviet area
will be never solved within the framework of the communist
borders. And each of these conflicts is potentially prone
of war, which will last much longer than five days. And
a war should be averted by all means.
What we see today really comes directly from our history,
a joint history of nations, whatever the assessments by
different political forces and figures of this joint common
history are today.
I think that such assessment should be worked out jointly.
Because people should be united rather than separated, they
should be united at least around historical truth, ideas
of joint resentment of everything criminal that we had in
our joint past rather than around quarrelsome ideas or by
means of violence. This also refers to the criminal Bolshevik-communist
repartition of countries and territories.
In addition, if we look at it carefully in our present
we can discern many similar negative trends there: cynicism,
corruption, hypocrisy and prevailing of immediate interests.
They are rooted in Stalinism and Bolshevism, and if we fail
to overcome them all together, we shall not be able to move
any further – neither together nor alone.
Such should be the tasks for our presidents. And now they
have been losing their competition with the time. Neither
we, nor history will wait for them.
Crimes against nations do not have a limitation period.
original at the Echo Mosckvi web-site
Borders as a Communist Crime. Sergei Mitrokhin’s blog at
the Echo Moskvi web-site. January 15, 2010