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Putin Rewriting Soviet History

By Monday, 20 October 2014 08:48 AM Current | Bio | Archive

As Vladimir Putin prepares to celebrate the 97th anniversary of the so-called “Great October Revolution” of Nov. 7, 1917, we should prepare to refute the false “history” he will surely be touting.

Just as he claimed recently that the 1991 collapse of the USSR was “the greatest human catastrophe of the last century,” so will he attempt to legitimize the Leninist birth and the bloody Stalinist realities of Russia’s fascist-left, single-party socialist dictatorship.

In much of the media and academia, Nov. 7 will be portrayed as the glorious overthrow of the centuries-old dictatorship of the Russian Czars by Lenin’s Bolsheviks — the purported bright line between the czarist and bourgeois evils which preceded it and the "people's democracy" which followed. What a scam.

In truth, Russia’s only "popular" revolution had already occurred on March 15, 1917. It was then that a myriad pro-democracy movements forced Czar Nicolas II to abdicate.

This means that what happened on Nov. 7 was not a revolution at all. It was a clamorous (and only partially-successful) counter-revolutionary coup in which Lenin merely seized tenuous control over what was still the "provisional government" estab-lished by the Russian Revolution.

The year-long 1917 and early 1918 upheavals in Mother Russia will be the subject of this truth-in-history of the counter-revolutionary birth of the Soviet and Stalinist tyranny, which Ronald Reagan eventually condemned as the “Evil Empire.”

Alleged "facts" asserted by Comrade Putin that conflict with reality:

1. The popular, democratically-motivated Russian Revolution of February-March 1917 forced Czar Nicolas II to abdicate on March 15, 1917.

2. At that moment, Leon Trotsky was living in New York and Lenin was in exile in Switzerland, having just stated: "Probably we and even our children may not live to the day that the [Russian] Revolution will break out."

3. Astounded by the Czar's overthrow, Lenin (that supposed clairvoyant of historical imperatives) did not return to Russia until April 16, more than one full month after the Czar's ouster. Trotsky straggled in on May 4, almost seven weeks late.

4. An all-Russian Congress of Soviets — interim parliament of the "provisional government" — was elected and headed first by George Lvov and then by social revolutionary Alexander Kerensky, with the following make-up: 85 center and right social revolutionariess (34 percent), 248 left social revolutionaries (30 percent), 105 Bolsheviks (13 percent), 195 others, mostly anti-Bolshevik (23 percent).

5. In early July, the failure of a disjointed Bolshevik-led uprising resulted in orders for the arrest of Lenin, Trotsky, Zinoviev and other "left" radicals. After a month in hiding, Lenin fled to Finland but was soon allowed to return as insurance against a possible "rightist" coup by General Lvar Kornilov.

6. The multiparty Congress of Soviets met for its last time on Nov. 6-7, 1917. Intimidated by yet another Bolshevik coup, not falsely labeled the “Great October Revolution” until 1927, it took only one significant action. That was to oust Kerensky and to name Lenin "chief commissar" of what was still the provisional government.

7. On Dec. 8, 1917, previously scheduled elections (which Lenin tried unsuccessfully to delay, so as later to cancel entirely) chose the permanent Constituent Assembly, with less than 25 percent of the seats Bolshevik: 370 center and right social revolutionaryies (52 percent), 40 left social revolutionaries (5 percent), 175 Bolsheviks (25 percent), 122 others, mostly anti-Bolshevik (17 percent).

Disastrously for Lenin, the seats held by his Bolsheviks and their left social revolutionary allies fell to only 30 percent — down sharply from 43 percent in the Congress of Soviets.

8. This staunchly anti-Bolshevik Constituent Assembly convened only once on Jan. 18, 1918, before being forcibly recessed by Lenin's militia during the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 19. Its major actions were to elect the center-right social revolutionary Victor Chernov as president and to crush (237-138) a Bolshevik attempt to withdraw Russia from World War I.

9. During the afternoon of Jan. 19, 1918, Lenin, acting as chairman of a self-appointed "All-Russian Executive Committee," issued a proclamation abolishing the Assembly and establishing single-party "Soviet" rule.

10. This completed the second (and the only effective) Bolshevik coup d'etat. First, it prevented the infant assembly from establishing the West European-style parliamentary democracy to which it was committed by the Dec. 8, 1917, elections. And, second, it triggered the five-year civil war, which resulted in the infamous USSR in late December 1922.

If that long-forgotten infant Russian democracy had not been aborted less than 24 hours after birth in mid-January 1918, Lenin's and Stalin’s Soviet State would never have existed.

Fascist-left communism would never have "liberated" the Russian people from all prospects of liberty and would never have dragged them and much of Central Europe through several decades of single-party, police-state Socialism.

For almost two decades, Jim Guirard served as chief of staff to three House and Senate Committee chairmen: Rep. Edwin Willis, Sen. Allen Ellender, and Sen. Russell Long, and was named to both Who's Who in U.S. Government and Who's Who in American Politics. He worked for over three decades as a government relations consultant, Op-Ed writer, and lecturer on energy, environment, national security and anti-terrorism affairs. He is currently a board member of the American chapter of the MacKinder Forum, a London-based geopolitical affairs think tank, and sponsors the TrueSpeak.org Web site. For more of Jim's reports, Go Here Now.

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