While the nightmare of the Bolshevik revolution makes the Tsarist period
(at least in the early 20th century) look better,
one should be careful not to glamourise the history of the Russian Empire.
Any imperial dictatorship is likely to commit vast crimes over 200 years,
and indeed the Russian Empire did.
Russo-Circassian War (1763 to 1864).
Imperial Russia fights a 100 year war against the Circassians, with endless massacres,
culminating in mass expulsions.
[The Black Book of Communism] says
that in 1825-1905, the Tsars executed about 200 people,
the revolutionary period of 1906-1910 the Tsars
executed about 3700 people.
These would be numbers for just political executions.
These numbers are dwarfed by the far higher numbers for political executions by the Bolsheviks after 1917.
Russian Revolution (1917).
A tragedy for Russia and the world that the Reds won.
An appalling step backwards.
An appalling crime to replace Tsar Nicholas II's imperial dictatorship
with Lenin's far worse communist dictatorship,
a thousand times more murderous
than the Tsar's regime.
Some people think Lenin
were "not as bad" as Stalin,
that the 1917 revolution was not criminal from the start,
but only became criminal later.
This is one of the greatest lies in history.
Lenin and Trotsky
killed 4 million people
- men, women and children - by mass executions, death camps, and state-caused famine.
See [The Black Book of Communism]
for an introduction to their democide,
which started as soon as they got into power in 1917.
All across the Russian countryside in 1917-22,
there were riots and uprisings as heroic peasants
tried desperately to hold on to their freedom.
They were well aware of the nature of the scum that had taken over their country.
These forgotten heroes were killed by the million.
Their families - men, women and children - were executed
or sent to death camps.
Their villages were burnt,
and even bombed with chemical weapons
by the monsters Lenin and Trotsky.
It is true that the anti-communist resistance came in many forms,
from liberal democrats to socialist anarchists to Jew-hating nationalists.
The latter carried out hundreds of
pogroms of Jews.
In some areas, the Russian civil war was a conflict
between communism and democracy.
In other areas, it was a conflict between communism and fascism.
The Bolsheviks destroyed Russia's economy.
By 1920 the ruble had lost 96 percent of its value.
Lenin and Trotsky's oppression became ferocious
as the cities ran out of food
due to the collapse of the economy, caused by themselves
and their stupid Marxist ideas.
Innocent rural Russia was robbed of its food
by the parasitical urban communists.
The Bolsheviks started a massive program of confiscating the food
of the countryside, and starved them into submission.
Lenin and Trotsky deliberately started a famine
as a political weapon.
They caused the massive famine of 1921-22, deliberately killing millions of men, women and
[Rudolph J. Rummel]
estimates 2.5 million dead.
[The Black Book of Communism]
estimates 5 million dead.
The Red Terror in Russia,
by Sergei Melgunov, 1925,
told the world about the early Bolshevik atrocities, under Lenin.
The Polish resistance:
The Polish-Soviet War 1919-20.
Poland defends itself against barbarous, imperialist communism.
Ends in Polish victory in 1920.
But barbarous, imperialist communism attacked it again in 1939,
was founded in 1912
and became the official state newspaper after 1917
when freedom of the press
(which, comically, means "Truth")
supported everything the Soviet butchers did from 1917 to 1989.
In 1932-33, Stalin and his butchers
deliberately starved to death
7 million utterly innocent
men, women and children,
mainly in the Ukraine.
Their food was stolen by the government,
and every measure was taken to prevent them obtaining any food.
In World War Two, the west was allied with this
sick genocidal monster
- the worst case of realpolitik
in the history
of the free world.
Not so well known, and hard to believe, is that
even in World War Two,
the Soviet state was still the no.1 killer of Soviet civilians outside battle,
with the Nazis no.2.
Even in wartime, Stalin's regime was killing more
of its own people (outside battle)
than even an invading barbaric army could.
Table 1.1. Nazi democide by country.
12.25 million killed by the Nazis in the USSR.
The Nazis killed a further 10.6 million Soviet soldiers in battle.
The number above is for non-battle dead.
If we include soldiers in battle, Hitler not Stalin is the no.1 killer of Soviet citizens in WW2.
But if we exclude battle, Stalin not Hitler is estimated by Rummel to be the no.1 killer of Soviet citizens in WW2.
killed 4 million people
- men, women and little children.
He is the 5th greatest murderer of the 20th century
(after Stalin, Mao, Hitler and Chiang Kai-shek).
The hate-filled mass murderer Lenin,
with his rage against everyone decent in society,
his drive to kill and destroy everything that generations of
tolerant and hard-working people had built,
and his staggering barbarism,
set the tone for every communist regime that followed in the world.
Hitler was the heir to Lenin.
Lenin was the start of the 20th century industrialised genocide and democide.
Lenin and Stalin made democide trendy, "the future".
Hitler followed the fashion.
Even in 1930, westerners knew the communists were starving their own people:
The comic book
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets
(search for pdf)
is pretty accurate in its description of the brutal Soviet state.
Bizarrely, the Tintin author was later embarrassed by it.
I don't see why.
He got it right first time.
See another sample
and another sample.
The death of Beria
in the darkly hilarious movie
The Death of Stalin (2017).
Putin's creepy modern dictatorship in Russia banned this movie.
For 70 years, occupying countries, enslaving their peoples.
A brutal totalitarian empire.
Genocide, gulags, mass shootings, famine, deportations, tyranny.
Sadistic torture to death in interrogation.
Gang-rape of women prisoners.
Mass rape of civilian women in war.
The gassing of prisoners.
Starvation to death of prisoners.
A police state, run by fear.
No human rights.
No civil liberties.
No freedom of speech.
No freedom of religion.
A one-party state, tolerating no opposition or criticism.
Threatening the free world with nuclear weapons.
Threatening Western Europe with invasion and slavery or extinction.
The Soviet Union was truly a curse upon the earth.
Gulag: Understanding the Magnitude of What Happened
by Anne Applebaum, 16 Oct 2003,
on the numbers in the Gulag:
"between 1929, when they first became a mass phenomenon, and 1953, the year of Stalin's death, some 18 million people passed through them. In addition, a further 6 or 7 million people were deported, not to camps but to exile villages. In total, that means the number of people with some experience of imprisonment in Stalin's Soviet Union could have run as high as 25 million, about 15 percent of the population."
The Gulag: What We Know Now and Why It Matters
by Anne Applebaum, lecture, 12 May 2003.
As to why it matters, she says with sadness:
"I wrote my book about the Gulag
not "so that it will not happen again," as the cliché
has it, but because it will happen again."
- This hero, who saved thousands of Jews in WW2,
was murdered after the war by the Soviets.
The Red Army carried out an orgy of rape
of millions of innocent civilian women
as it swept across Eastern Europe in 1944-45.
The rapes carried on for several years after the war.
Maybe 200,000 rape victims died.
The imperialist Soviet Union brutally occupied
the countries of Eastern Europe
for over 40 years.
All totalitarian philosophies tend to be imperialist.
From the very start in 1917, the Bolsheviks were brutal,
After the 1917 revolution,
the occupied states of the Russian Tsarist empire hoped for liberation.
The Bolsheviks immediately crushed these hopes,
and established the most brutal imperialism in
Russian history, including
7 million Ukrainians
deliberately killed by Stalin to break their resistance,
and the deportation of the entire population of Chechnya.
The empire expanded horrifically from 1939 onwards,
as the Soviets attacked Poland and the Baltic states.
Stalin deported and executed hundreds of thousands of people,
and subjugated the countries under tyrannical Soviet rule.
With the defeat of Nazi Germany, the Soviet empire kept expanding westwards
until the Soviets occupied half of Europe.
I am old enough to remember the Soviets whining
about the imaginary
"imperialism" of the West
while their jackboot stamped on European freedom.
to sum it up in 2 words
- the "Evil Empire"
- the best description of the Soviet Union ever.
for otherwise the word
"evil" has no meaning.
And "Empire", calling a spade a spade,
and infuriating all those
western sympathisers with and apologists for the Soviets.
Even today, the whines about imaginary western
"imperialism" are still alive on the left
- a left that ignored the real, brutal
and entirely non-imaginary Soviet empire.
As well as being imperialist,
the Soviet Union oppressed the workers
and banned workers' trade unions.
As soon as they got into power in 1917, from the very start
the Bolsheviks under Lenin and Trotsky
abolished the right to strike,
abolished the free press,
abolished the right to freedom of religion,
abolished elections and all political opposition,
and executed tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children
in a sea of blood that Russia had not seen for centuries.
The Bolsheviks never believed in freedom.
They never believed in human rights.
Solidarity trade union
was in the 1980s alone
as a free workers' group
inside the Soviet bloc.
The Soviet Union: The World No.1 Terror State:
From Russia With Terror
- interview with Ion Mihai Pacepa,
on Soviet support for
Che Guevara, Castro,
Syria, Nasser, the PLO,
European left-wing terrorists,
The interview reminds us that during the Cold War, it was not obvious
who was going to win.
Complaints about the U.S. are often a form of "Freudian Projection"
and misdirected hatred against the wrong target.
The U.S. is described today by the left as an evil empire,
Great Satan, no.1 terror state, and so on.
Such a state did exist, and thanks to the bravery of western men and women
it was brought down before it could destroy the world.
It was the Soviet Union.
The body of the mass murderer Lenin
gets its regular preservation treatment.
Lenin killed 4 million people in democide.
His body should be destroyed and his tomb bulldozed.
"The Germans took a somber decision. Upon the western front they had from the beginning used the most terrible means of offense at their disposal. They had employed poison gas on the largest scale and had invented the 'Flammenwerfer.' Nevertheless, it was with a sense of awe that they turned upon Russia the most grisly of weapons. They transported Lenin in a sealed train like a plague bacillus from Switzerland into Russia."
- Winston Churchill nails it yet again,
on Lenin's return to Russia
from exile in 1917.
[On a book about Russia written in 1913:]
"a cataclysm of world-shaking proportions in Russia was only four years away from the publication of the book: what inkling did the author of the book have of that?
The answer is 'None whatever.'
There is no sense of impending doom or catastrophe in the book, no intimation that a regime is soon to be established in the country that will regularly kill more people in a day than its predecessor in a century."
- Theodore Dalrymple
considers the book
Provincial Russia (1913)
that (like everyone else) completely failed to see the horror that was coming.
How appalled the 19th century Russians would have been if they could see
20th century Russians.
Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists:
I love debate.
I love ideas.
But the Western left
and their friends the Islamic right
do not return the favour.
Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block.
See Who blocks me on Twitter.
I will debate almost anyone.
Stick to ideas and I will debate you.
But I do have rules.
See Who I block on Twitter.
Twitter is broken, 2016 on:
I am on Twitter at
Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016.
You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
Twitter became increasingly broken.
It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
promised to end the censorship.
But it looks like a false dawn.
One day, we will have a better place to gather.