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Surging Support for Joseph Stalin in Post-Soviet Russia is Troubling

pinenee Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 10:59 AM
Everybody is still here, Americans, starting 1608: The Spanish. The French. The Tories. The original Americans. The Mexicans. The Confederates. and 2013, The communist.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 12:47 PM
Also, all collectivisation did was kill of the few entrepenuers in Russia with the former peasants/serfs being essentially state slaves. The Soviet Union did not reach agriculture production levels of pre-WWI until 1968. When they privatized 10% of Soviet agriculure, it took less than 10 years for privitized land to nearly equal the other 90% in productivity. One could argue, slavery did not end in Russia/Soviet Union until the Soviets were dissolved.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 12:44 PM
I am confused by your statements that Russian citizens were enslaved until 1917 and the Russian Civil War lasted 117 years.
Russia had a fuedal system way past when it became out-dated in the rest of Europe. Serfdom is very much like slavery. In 1863, serfdom was out-lawed over a 40 year time period. There was a revolt in 1905 after the Russian fleet was sunk by the Japanese that lead to Nicholas II declaring a Duma (advisory council) with some legislative powers. The Bolshevik revolution was in late 1917 and a civil war ensued. This lasted for about 5 years, with the Bolsheviks consolidating power by late 1922. Lenin died in 1924 and Stalin consolidated his power by 1929 and started collectivisation. Where is this 117 years of civil war?

This week marked the 60th anniversary of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death. On March 5, 1953, the Georgia-born tyrant’s nearly three-decade long reign of terror came to an end -- providing momentary solace for all people living behind the Iron Curtain. “Uncle Joe” was no more.

Millions of people in then-Soviet Russia, the Baltic States, and nearby Soviet satellites were killed, tortured, and oppressed under Stalin’s regime.

Members of my family witnessed the wrath of his inhumane policies firsthand. My late maternal grandfather -- a faithful, quiet man -- was imprisoned for 18 months in one of his gulags...