[Marxism] Why both the left and right have got it wrong on Ukraine – Žižek | World news | theguardian.com

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jun 10 06:20:11 MDT 2014

Again and again in television coverage of the mass protests in Kiev 
against the Yanukovich government, we saw images of protesters tearing 
down statues of Lenin. It was an easy way to demonstrate anger: the 
statues functioned as a symbol of Soviet oppression, and Vladimir 
Putin’s Russia is perceived as continuing the Soviet policy of 
domination of its neighbours.

Bear in mind that it was only in 1956 that Lenin’s statues started to 
proliferate throughout the Soviet Union: until then, statues of Stalin 
were much more common. But after Krushchev’s "secret" denunciation of 
Stalin at the 20th congress of the Communist party, Stalin’s statues 
were replaced en masse by Lenin’s: Lenin was literally a stand-in for 


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