[Marxism] Kremlin brings back 'Stalingrad'

David Quarter davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Wed Dec 22 16:44:35 MST 2004

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Subject: Kremlin brings back 'Stalingrad'


People's Daily Online

Kremlin brings back 'Stalingrad' 

A reference to Soviet leader Josef Stalin is 
to appear on a Russian monument for the 
first time in more than 40 years, on the 
orders of President Vladimir Putin. 

Putin ordered the word "Stalingrad" engraved
on a memorial complex by the Kremlin wall, 
replacing Volgograd, the current name of the
city where one of the bloodiest battles of 
World War II was fought. 

Less than two years ago Putin said reviving 
the name of Stalingrad "would do us no 
good." But his latest order, posted on the 
presidential web site Kremlin.ru on Friday, 
said restoring Stalin's name on the monument 
was to "pay tribute to the heroism of the 
defenders of Stalingrad and to preserve the 
history of the Russian state." 

In 1961, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev
publicly accused Stalin, who died in 1953, 
of killing millions of innocent people in 
political purges and ordered his name 
removed from most official records. 

Countless monuments referring to the Soviet 
leader of nearly three decades were pulled 

Stalingrad, named after the him in the late
1930s, was one of hundreds of cities, towns, 
villages, factories and collective farms 
renamed under Khrushchev's orders. 

Post-Soviet Russian leaders have resisted
pressure from nationalists and war veterans 
to restore the name of Stalingrad to the 
city on the Volga, where more than 1 million 
Russians and Germans died in five months of 
fighting in 1942-43. 

In December 2002, Putin said: "I am sure that 
by reviving the name of Stalingrad in this
country we could trigger suspicion that we are 
returning to the times of Stalinism. This would 
do us no good." 

But his change of mind appears to have been
triggered by plans to celebrate next year's
60th anniversary of the end of World War II. 

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