Russian society must denounce Stalin once and for all – Federation of Jewish Communities

File Photo of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin

MOSCOW. March 28 (Interfax) – The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) has called Stalin a Herod who was exterminating his own people.

“Stalin must remain to generations a Herod who built the GULAG, BAM [Baikal-Amur Mainline], who expanded the railway and won the Second World War, the man responsible for mass deaths of his own people. Murderer!” Boruch Gorin, head of the FJCR public relations department, said on the “Hard to be with God” program on the Dozhd television channel.

Stalin was “no Communist and no Bolshevik leader but an absolute monarch who, as the monarchists used to say in the 40s, achieved what the Russian monarchy had not even dreamt about: Stalin had amassed way much more power that Nicholas II who, as we remember, was removed for being autocratic, with chants ‘Down with autocracy!’,” Gorin said.

As long as the society has no mechanism for democratic power handover, “it will forever be coming to Stalin” and a society that dreams of a Tsar, who would decide its fate, including at the price of people’s lives, “is doomed to being exterminated by that man,” Gorin said.

Russian society must denounce “clearly and definitively” the idea that some good theory justifies the killing of innocent people, he said.

“In society, the metastases of relative, blood and ideological kinship with murders have not gone anywhere. And when you glorify or venerate on any level, not even the religious one, both the head of NKVD, head of the Soviet intelligence and so on, and at the same time the people whom they were exterminating, this is schizophrenia that is making itself known,” the FJCR representative said.