[Marxism] Hidden history: The Nazi-Soviet pact which Russia now tries to deny

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 22 12:27:30 MDT 2019

On 8/22/19 2:23 PM, Glauber Ataide via Marxism wrote:
> Katyn forest? A supposed soviet crime discovered by...  the nazis?? Do you
> guys really believe this nazi tale?

Symbolic acknowledgment of culpability over Katyn murders in 1940 
signals Russia's willingness to face up to its past
Tom Parfitt in Moscow

In a symbolic admission of guilt, Russia's parliament has declared that 
Joseph Stalin ordered his secret police to execute 22,000 Polish army 
officers and civilians in 1940, in one of the greatest mass murders of 
the 20th century.

Today's acknowledgment of Stalin's personal culpability over the Katyn 
massacre comes amid a cautious thaw between Moscow and Warsaw, whose 
recent relations have been thorny at best. It was also seen as a sign 
that Russia may finally be ready for muted self-scrutiny over its 
totalitarian past.

Mikhail Gorbachev admitted in 1990 that the NKVD was to blame for the 
massacre, after a half-century of the Soviets blaming it on Nazi troops. 
However, there has never been a formal statement which implicates the 
Soviet leadership in such explicit terms.


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