“Propaganda of Stalinism should be prohibited,” such a
statement was made by YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
in view of celebration of Joseph Stalin’s birthday conducted
by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and a number
of other political organisations.
“Today’s celebration [of the 130th anniversary] of the
executioner of the Russian people and other nations of the
former USSR represents a fest on the blood of the murdered
and those tortured to death, a witless joy about the national
catastrophe of 1920-1930s,” Mitrokhin said.
Mitrokhin expressed his certainly that “Stalin was responsible
for the death of the best people of the Russian nation.”
“The CPRF and other political organisations that are making
this blasphemous celebration are demonstrating the hypocrisy
of their statements in favour of protection of the rights
of the working people, as their idol Stalin eliminated millions
of working people,” Mitrokhin stressed.
Mitrokhin also proposed to immediately ban propaganda of
Nazism and Stalinism.
On December 20, 2009, YABLOKO’s congress adopted a resolution
on overcoming the legacy of Stalinism and Bolshevism, stating
that “maintenance of the Stalinist-Bolshevist way of thinking
by the authorities and the society, and picturing this regime
be a variant of the norm represents one of the most acute
problems of modern Russia”.
YABLOKO also stressed that growth of violence in the politics
and public life, acts of terror and political murders, the
authoritarian regime and repressive law enforcement system,
cynicism of the authorities and apathy of the population,
and replacement of the true reforms by their imitation are
the consequences of the failure to solve this problem.
“Stalin’s desire to impersonalize the individual, completely
subordinate him to the state, turn the individual into a
small detail of a controlled mechanism have remained the
source of mass-scale deprivation of rights of the citizens
in modern Russia,” runs the document.
YABLOKO proposed to make the Memory Day of the Victims
of Political Repressions the national day of mourning, create
a national memorial of the victims of Bolshevism and Stalinism,
which would be not only a monument, but an information and
research centre, the center of national memory of the catastrophe
which should never repeat.
“We propose to close excursions to Lenin’s Mausoleum in
the Red Square as the first step in this direction,” runs