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Propaganda of Stalinism should be prohibited

Press Release

December 21, 2009

Propaganda of Stalinism should be prohibited, such a statement was made by YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin in view of celebration of Joseph Stalins birthday conducted by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and a number of other political organisations.

Todays 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, YABLOKOs 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.

Stalins 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 Lenins Mausoleum in the Red Square as the first step in this direction, runs the resolution.

See also:

Overcoming Stalins Legacy

 

 


December 21, 2009