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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1956
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. V, No. 1, January 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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Transcript Lenin and Stalin were dynamic leaders, who had the vision and force to build a complete tyranny. In order to consolidate and keep control, Stalin eliminated from authority and influence all persons who showed any individual initiative or creative ability. For example, at the 19th Communist Party Congress in 1952. a special "Ideological Commission" was created with Stalin as chairman, to prepare recommendations for long overdue revisions of the Communist party program, which had not been changed since 1919. It was announced that this would he lhe main item on the agenda for the 20th Con- gress, which is now scheduled for Feb' ruary I /. 1956. But the new Soviet lead- ership considered itself so incompetent to handle this important matter, that at the meeting of ihe Central Committee in July, 1955, it was decided to drop thi- item from the agenda to the next Congress, and continue to build a bureaucracy on the same program that has been followed for the lasl 36 years. It i- futile to hope that the Soviet regime will liquidate itself, or that any sort of democratic government could "develop" or "evolve" from the presenl leadership. These men are so thoroughly indoctrinated with communism thai they cannot change. Nor do they have (Inability to create new ideas. They can do nothing hut try to solve their problems l»v applying the precept*- of Lenin and Stalin, whose plan of world domination is the absolute law of the Communisl world. But lacking the vision, skill, experience, and authority nf their dynamic predecessors, the present Soviet leaders are extremely vulnerable. These fact- are realized hv tlie men in the Kremlin and by the Russian people. Hut not by the West. Perhaps the mosl dangerous fallacy in ihe " est- era attitude toward lhe Soviet I nion re* suits from the reports of self-styled experts and even sincere observers, who fail to grasp the facl thai no Russian inside the I SSK will risk arrest hv exposing hi- true sentiments against the regime to a foreigner. RUSSIAN PEOPLE OPPOSE REGIME There exists todav a concealed hut steadily mounting civil war between the people of Russia and the Communist regime. This explosive siluation has developed as follows: Stalin \ death activated latent resistance. From the beginning of Communist rule, the massive Soviet terror machine was necessary to bold in cheek the basic opposition of the great mass of the Russian people to communism (200,- 000,000 people vs. 6.000.000 Commu- ni-ts today). Even under Stalin, this passive resistance frequently broke out into sporadic unorganized rebellions. When the death of Stalin removed the greatest symbol of terror, this resistance Page 30 began lo come into the open. Il gained momentum after the spectacular fall of Beria and lhe purge of the M\ I). The large scale revolts al ] orkuta and other major slave labor camps in Siberia in August. 1953, initiated the new trend toward active organized resistance, which has been steadily growing throughout the Soviet I nion. The demands of the prisoners confirmed the fact that this resistance is based less on economic causes than on the desire jor individual freedom and respeel for per- SOnal dignity. Tins essential need id the human spirit has not been stifled by a generation of Communist indoctrination instead, il has had a rebirth under Communis! oppression. RUSSIAN YOUTH SEEK DEMOCRACY Communism is failing in Russia where it mosl hoped to SUCCeed with tlle neiv generation. Young people in the Soviet I nion have learned hv experience the contrast between Communisl promises and performance. Young Russians today are turning awav from communism, which thev consider reactionary, and are seeking real democratic freedom. Evidence of thi- is found in student organizations jor liberation i including the I niversities of Moscow and Kazan i. and in the fact that the majority of the 15.- 000,000 inmates of slave labor camps are between the ages oj 19 and 25. The young sailor- from the Soviet tanker. Tuapse, captured hy lhe Free Chinese in July. V)o~l. exemplify the attitude of Russian youth. After a vear of pressure from the Soviet goverument. twenty of these all young men held firmlv to their choice of freedom on Formosa. The majority id the twenty- eight who finally accepted repatriation diil bo <>nlv because of ihe reprisals against their families inside the I SSR, Resentment aguinst the regime prevails throughout the Soviet armed jorces. Seventv p'-r cent of these are peasants, who are the most abused element in the Soviet Union, and form the unrelenting hard core of resistance to ihe Communisl dictatorship. Widespread resistance in the armed services became evident at the beginning of World War ll. when more than 3,000,000 troops surrendered to the German-, whom they then believed lo be liberators. Subsequently some 800,000 ROW's volunteered for the ill-fated "'Russian \rmy oj Liberation" under General Andrei VlasOV, whose plan of revolution was thwarted hv both Hitler and tbe Western Allies. The continuing resistance of the armed forces to the regime was dramatically demonstrated hv the refusal of Soviet soldiers lo fire on rioting Get- mans in the June. 1953, East German Revolt. It is constantly being confirmed by the testimony of men and officers who seek refuge in the West. . rillv During reeent years Soviet AnV.nil . -eft. eei|>ees have come ove'r singly. Ifest |< July Jo. 1955, a group ol seven, Im Ih ei sergeant, attempted lo readjtribui \ im 11. et ii Zen f Austria from jkund viet Army Camp near (.eelne'y* Tracked down and ambushed by*! Wl MVD troops, they fought de-l" Realizing llie hopelessness ol l!'e tion. llie sergeant killed himself, Weste other si\ were captured. ''<'*''" Tbe significance ol this incidefring i lost on the West—but it was salt realized hv the Soviet gover< Sovi Alarmed ul lhe prospect oj p<* " >'s, lections from Soviet occupation I ps) in Austria, the Kremlin iiiitnfcetl p ordered a drastic step-up ill scA<*4r<'ess withdrawal oj troops. This 's e "I propagandized eis ei "generous $*■ mi' confirming lhe new "pcaceul •," "i friendly intentions." hui is actghis Soviel move lo prevent pros'***' " " " fectors from having sufficient jkenui complete preparations lee ""go \\'""''''" The contact of Soviet oc^-'es I troops with the Wesl in Cerr*i'Jnmui \ustria heis also influenced their"*1 be eiml Friends within the Sov if' ,e '•' Since the end of World War I1'1"'!' ilii-il- of ll -eunl- of these In*"1"? ''"' been rotated. These men hi 'i*'?'■-'.'"' firsthand reports theit give lh<"<'''all Soviel anti-Western propaganda-- r"".(' sailors of the merchant marine- l*f lr of sports mid other delegatio^F°y heive personal contucl wilh '" . Meinv of them eilso serve as * 1 for the Russian Liberation '/ on both sides of the Iron Curia'COW Liberation Movement is. of i'0" . del round within lhe Soviet I'n-Y* As ' . . . . I 1110 certain cniuire organization! tbe frf '"" sm. openly as u- outposta m u EAGERNESS FOR WESTERN rC('. o" Through such channels eis I".™, „-l**'" a P.*''**11 „ -Union " .(it. //, bonajiile reports oj the trio id the Russian people. There is resurgence oi religious feelinj oul Russia, li permeates eell Russian youth included. There r r e e- rll' '"Ot ii.-- tor news ..I lhe Irec u< .*..](.^. ieillv of fellow-Russians who as emigres und who heive eS| * ^, . llu' workings eef democracy. I'10!-!- _ II 1 ' lie. S '" seeks nioreil -uolioii eunl iiiel'i', „„ r i ■ er .-. ■ Itr"' ° tor achieving self-liberation I lommunisl rulers. |.'-'! nmur Rus ll-l'lv nill is mlcnselv i".- i. i ■ ■ l /.v" '" country, lull he is convinced ['.' ni,.Mt- experience that lhe Comtniini!' i yu- Iruyers oj that country. He i~ i-shek J-shek ready lo give lhe strength '" borls of hi- allegiance lo the I'liss!'11* es ^. lion Movement. ^onim Such matters are discussed i^/- (f tween trusted fellow-Russian*- p js approached hv a foreigner. '' jei 1 Russian in lhe I'SSR vvill "jjeedo words of the official line as a 1*5 caution for self-preservation. ^ :rrs F Facts Foiwm News, Jum"'*
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