This is an article from the very first days of RI's existence - October of 2014, when Lenin statues were being torn down across the Ukraine. We republish it now because of the fierce debate now swirling around the question whether Lenin was an ogre or a saint, a debate provoked by the 100th anniversary of the revolution Lenin led.
We are witnessing a wave of massive Lenin demolitions in Ukraine. The latest example was in Kharkov, where the largest Lenin statue in Ukraine was toppled by radicals and members of the fascist Right Sector and neo-Nazi Azov battalion.
For many Ukrainian radicals, Lenin is not only a symbol of totalitarianism, it is also a symbol of the country's “ugly Soviet/Russian past”. Since November 2013, hundreds of Lenin statues have been destroyed throughout Ukraine.
Thus, the destruction of Lenin monuments is interpreted as an anti-Russian protest.
A highly entertaining video. Vladimir Zhirinovsky is one of Russia's most popular politicians because he is a great talker and entertainer - here he makes the case that Lenin in fact hated Russians and Russia - by quoting from his personal correspondence. Well worth watching.
It’s hard to imagine a bigger perversion of the historical truth. There is no greater victim of Lenin than Russia itself.
Lenin was a founding father of modern Ukraine. He created Ukraine as a republic which has kept its current borders (minus Western Ukraine and few other regions). He gave away the territory of Novorossiya, which historically never belonged to Ukraine.
Later, the Soviet leader Khrushchev gave a similar present to Ukraine – Russian Crimea.
Instead of destroying his monuments, Ukrainians should be thankful to Lenin and the communists for the creation of the Ukrainian nation and state.
So while Lenin helped create modern Ukraine, let's recall what he did to Russia:
- As leader of the revolutionary Bolshevik Party, he was responsible for systematic terror attacks aimed at the Russian Empire
- He destroyed the Russian Empire and killed the Russian tsar and his family. (German authorities allowed Lenin to cross Germany en route from Switzerland to Russia in a sealed train with 10 million dollars. The goal was to destabilize Russia and help Germany win the First World War.)
- He signed the treacherous Treaty of Brest-Litovsk that gave huge concessions to Germany and Russian territory to neighboring countries
- He started the bloodiest civil war in Russian history which resulted in 15 million dead Russians
- He expropriated public and private property, destroyed thousands of churches and monasteries
- He personally signed numerous orders to kill hundreds of thousands of civilians, kulaks (rich peasants), priests and Christians
- In 1920 Russia became the first country in the world to legalize infanticide (abortion)
- From 1919 to 1922, disastrous communist policies lead to famine and millions of new victims all around the shattered empire
Documents from the Soviet archives quote Lenin giving orders for mass executions, deportation to concentration camps and the use of mass terror in general. These are some of the quotes from the documents he signed:
- "If for the sake of Communism it is necessary for us to destroy 9/10ths of the people, we must not hesitate."
- "The more representatives of the reactionary clergy we shoot, the better."
- "The dictatorship - and take this into account once and for all - means unrestricted power based on force, not on law."
Some would argue that Stalin is guilty of the perversion of Soviet system and that if Lenin remained alive it would be a different story. The truth of the matter is that Stalin did not think up anything that was not there under Lenin: mass executions, hostage-taking, gulags (Soviet-style concentration camps) and all the rest.
Why is it that nowadays, after such a long time, Russia is still associated with its main butchers and assassins?
Most of the Ukrainian radicals and in general Russophobes around the world think Russia equals the Soviet Union and that today’s Russia bears responsibility for Soviet misdeeds.
Don't forget that during the Soviet Union more than 50 million Russians were killed; it is absurd to blame Russians for communist crimes when there were the largest victims of Soviet repressions!
Also thanks to communists, Russia has lost huge swathes of territory. The Russian Empire was much bigger in terms of the territory than the Russian Soviet Republic.
How can Russians be responsible for Soviet misdeeds? Let’s have a look at the nationalities of Soviet leaders. Lenin himself, although considered Russian, was of mixed ethnicity with a mother of Jewish and German/Swedish origin and father of Kalmyk origin.
After Lenin, all Soviet leaders were non-Russians. Stalin was Georgian, while Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and Chernenko were Ukrainians. Andropov had Jewish mother, so techically he was a Jew.
So, why it is so that this mass murderer and arch-enemy of Russian statehood is displayed as a modern idol in Red Square? Russians lost their homeland thanks to Lenin and many of Russians still worship the corpse of its torturer at Moscow’s main square.
The fact that Lenin's Mausoleum is situated in the heart of Moscow makes one think of a victim falling love with her torturer.
Are Russians victims of Stockholm Syndrome?
Not really. More than 60% of Russians would like to see Lenin's body properly buried.In the beginning of 90s, the Russian government was afraid of offending the feelings of the older pro-communist generation, which was brainwashed to love Lenin and adore him as the “greatest man who ever lived on the earth”.
Unfortunately, “de-Leninization” was never fully implemented in Russia and today the old communists have been replaced by a new generation, who continue to lay flowers on the tomb of the mass murderer of the Russian people.
It is time for Russia to move forward and bury Lenin as suggested by the Russian Orthodox Church and a vast majority of Russian Orthodox Christians.
This honorable Russian effort to dispose of the dark symbols and phantoms of the past has nothing to do with Ukrainian nationalists and their xenophobic anti-Russian policy that has led to the toppling down of Lenin monuments in Ukraine.
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