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Portraits of Joseph Stalin have no place in the Victory Day celebrations

Statement by the Chairman of the YABLOKO party

February 18, 2010

Placards picturing Joseph Stalin that have recently appeared in Moscow represent an insult to the memory of our fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers who won a victory over fascism. This is another manifestation of hatred towards Russian people and all other nations of Russia and the former USSR that suffered from the genocide launched by Stalin.

Many years have passed since the end of the Second World War, and multiple documents and facts showing that the Victory was won despite of rather than owing to Joseph Stalin and his system have been disclosed.

The present signing praises to the “wise leader and the head of the army” means reduction of the contribution of the true victors in the war to the role of tiny rivets of the totalitarian machinery or cannon fodder that the “great leader” was free to sacrifice at his own disposal and often without any sense.

This is a spit into the memory of the heads of the Red Army who could have won the war by considerably lesser victims but were executed by Stalin, hundreds of thousands of heroes of penal battalions and soldiers falling victims to the NKVD, as well as dozens of thousands of war victors who on the end of the war found themselves in the GULAG.

We, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the soldiers of the Second World War will not permit to revive the ugly myth demolishing our nation.

The ominous image of the executioner should not befoul the Victory Day.

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO proposes to place in Moscow streets and squares placards reproducing war-time photographs and showing the heroism of the true victors of the war.

Sergei Mitrokhin
Chairman of the YABLOKO party



See also:

Overcoming Stalin’s Legacy



Statement of the Chairman of the YABLOKO party

February 18, 2010