V.I. Lenin on the International and World War I

“An International does not mean sitting at the same table and having hypocritical and pettifogging resolutions written by people who think that genuine internationalism consists in German socialists justifying the German bourgeoisie’s call to shoot down French workers, and in French socialists justifying the French bourgeoisie’s call to shoot down German workers in the nameContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on the International and World War I”

On Closed Speech of Khrushchev at the Twentieth Congress of the CPSU

George Gruenthal Book Review:  Khrushchev Lied, by Grover Furr Prof. Grover Furr has done a great service to Marxist-Leninists and all revolutionaries and to all those who are interested in historical truth. He has picked out 61 major statements from Khrushchev’s 20th Congress speech, checked them against other material, especially from the Russian archives thatContinue reading “On Closed Speech of Khrushchev at the Twentieth Congress of the CPSU”

Victims of the Soviet Penal System in the Pre-war Years: A First Approach on the Basis of Archival Evidence

Graphs in the original are shown here as embedded images that are compressed to fit the site’s format. Please click the images to see the original graphs full size.  – E.S. Contributors Peter A. Coclanis is an associate professor of history and the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Universitv ofContinue reading “Victims of the Soviet Penal System in the Pre-war Years: A First Approach on the Basis of Archival Evidence”

Bill Bland: The German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939

by Bill Bland Introduction One of the many stories which circulate about Stalin is that, while the Soviet government was negotiating for a collective security pact with Britain and France directed against German aggressive expansion, he initiated the signing of a pact with Germany which precipitated the Second World War. Of course, not everything thatContinue reading “Bill Bland: The German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939”

Marxist-Leninist Research Bureau: The Kirov Murder

The Murder On 2 December 1934, ‘Pravda’ announced that: “On 1 December at 16.30, in the city of Leningrad in the building of the Leningrad Soviet (former Smolny), at the hands of a murderer, a concealed enemy of the working class, died Secretary of the Central and Leningrad Committees of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks)Continue reading “Marxist-Leninist Research Bureau: The Kirov Murder”

Jules Humbert-Droz on Nikolai Bukharin and the Use of Individual Terror Against Stalin

“Before leaving I went to see Bukharin for one last time not knowing whether I would see him again upon my return. We had a long and frank conversation. He brought me up to date with the contacts made by his group with the Zinoviev-Kamenev fraction in order to coordinate the struggle against the powerContinue reading “Jules Humbert-Droz on Nikolai Bukharin and the Use of Individual Terror Against Stalin”

Further Material on the Affair of Marshal Tukhachevsky

“The Moscow press announced that they [the primary Generals on trial] had been in the pay of Hitler and had agreed to help him get the Ukraine. This charge was fairly widely believed in foreign military circles, and was later substantiated by revelations made abroad. Czech military circles seemed to be especially well informed. CzechContinue reading “Further Material on the Affair of Marshal Tukhachevsky”

Grover Furr: New Light On Old Stories About Marshal Tukhachevskii : Some Documents Reconsidered

Grover Furr Montclair State University Originally published in RUSSIAN HISTORY/HISTOIRE RUSSE, 13, Nos 2-3 (Summer-Fall 1986), 293-308. The innocence of Marshal Tukhachevskii and the other military commanders condemned with him in 1937 has become firmly accepted by both Soviet and Western historians. [1] The current scholarly consensus also includes the view that “the nazi secret archives containContinue reading “Grover Furr: New Light On Old Stories About Marshal Tukhachevskii : Some Documents Reconsidered”

Abdurakhman Avtorkhanov on Tukhachevsky

“In 1937, Abdurakhman Avtorkhanov was working for the Central Commitee of the Bolshevik Party. A bourgeois nationalist, he had close ties to opposition leaders and with the Central Committee members from the Caucausus. In his book The Reign of Stalin, he regrets that Tukhachevsky did not seize power in 1937. He claims that early inContinue reading “Abdurakhman Avtorkhanov on Tukhachevsky”

Molotov on Marshal Tukhachevsky

“CHUEV: Now some think you appointed such untrained people as Pavlov, but if it had been Tukhachevsky…. MOLOTOV: Take someone like Tukhachevsky. If trouble started, which side would he have been on? He was a rather dangerous man. I doubted he would have been fully on our side when things got tough, because he wasContinue reading “Molotov on Marshal Tukhachevsky”

Mikhail Tukhachevsky on Communists and the Jews

“Also in the camp [Ingolstadt] was a Russian officer, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, son of tsarist nobility, who also made repeated attempts to escape and with whom, according to a fellow prisoner, de Gaulle shared a cell for a time. Tukhachevsky played mournful airs on his violin, spouted nihilist beliefs and inveighed against Jews as dogs whoContinue reading “Mikhail Tukhachevsky on Communists and the Jews”

Karl Marx on Abolishing Private Property

“You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society, private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths.” – Karl Marx, “The Communist Manifesto”

V.I. Lenin on Differences between Marxism and Anarchism

“We are not utopians, we do not ‘dream’ of dispensing at once with all administration, with all subordination. These anarchist dreams, based upon incomprehension of the tasks of the proletarian dictatorship, are totally alien to Marxism, and, as a matter of fact, serve only to postpone the socialist revolution until people are different. No, weContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on Differences between Marxism and Anarchism”

Frederick Engels on Thomas Malthus and Overpopulation

“The struggle of capital against capital, of labour against labour, of land against land, drives production to a fever-pitch at which production turns all natural and rational relations upside-down. No capital can stand the competition of another if it is not brought to the highest pitch of activity. No piece of land can be profitablyContinue reading “Frederick Engels on Thomas Malthus and Overpopulation”

Grover Furr on the Objective Study of Soviet History and Challenging the Bourgeois-Trotskyist Paradigm

“Political prejudice still predominates in the study of Soviet history. Conclusions that contradict the dominant paradigm are routinely dismissed as the result of bias or incompetence. Conclusions that cast doubt upon accusations against Stalin or whose implications tend to make him look either “good” or even less “evil” than the predominant paradigm holds him toContinue reading “Grover Furr on the Objective Study of Soviet History and Challenging the Bourgeois-Trotskyist Paradigm”