(Dec.21,1879 to March 5,1953)
December 21 this year marks the 134th year of the birth of Joseph Stalin, the outstanding leader of the proletariat of Russia and the world, and the dear friend of the oppressed peoples of the whole world fighting for freedom, independence, democracy and socialism. Stalin's whole life was characterized by an ending fierce struggle against Russian capitalism, against world capitalism, against imperialism and against the anti-Marxist and anti-Leninist currents and trends which had placed themselves in the service of world reaction and capital.
Com. Envar Hoxa wrote in his Memoirs"World capitalism regarded the Soviet Union as its dangerous enemy, therefore from outside it endeavoured to isolate it, while it encouraged and organized the plots of renegades, spies, traitors and rightists from within. whom they accused of being a bloody tyrant, and murderer... All these slanders were remarkable for their cynicism.
The enemies within the Soviet Union, the Trotskyites, Bukharinites, Zinovyevites; and others, were closely linked with foreign capitalists, because they had become their tools. Some of them remained within the ranks of the Bolshevik Party in order to take the citadel from within, to disrupt the correct Marxist-Leninist line of this party with Stalin at the head, while some others operated outside the party but within the state, and in disguise or openly plotted to sabotage the construction of socialism. The dictatorship of the proletariat struck down these dangerous enemies without mercy. All the traitors, were put on public trial.
James Klugmann wrote in Stalin's Legacy, "Those who hate the working class and the people, those who hate peace, those who hate and fear the conception of international fraternity, have always hated and feared Stalin, the man of peace, of international fraternity, the champion of the working class and the people who labour. They feared and slandered him in his life and they feared and slandered him at his death."
All the communists throughout the world who were fighting against world capitalism were called agents. of the Soviet Unio'n and Stalin by the bourgeoisie and the renegades from Marxism-Leninism. But the communists were honest people, they were nobody's agents, but were simply loyal supporters of the doctrine of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin
In these circumstances capitalism was absolutely compelled to employ all its means to strike a mortal blow at the great socialist state of the proletarians, which was showing the world the way to escape from exploitation, therefore the capitalists prepared and launched World War II.
The Soviet Union understood the danger which threatened it. Stalin was vigilant, he knew full well that the slanders concocted against him by the international capitalist bourgeoisie, alleging that he was not fighting the rising nazism and fascism, were slogans to be expected from this bourgeoisie and the Hitlerite Fifth Column, in order to deceive world opinion and realize their plans for an attack on the Soviet Union.
Stalin proposed to the governments of the big capitalist powers of Western Europe that an alliance should be formed against the Hitlerite plague, but these governments rejected such a proposal, indeed they even violated the alliances they had previously signed with the Soviet Union, because they hoped the Hitlerites would eliminate the "seed of Bolshevism" and pull the chestnuts out of the fire for them.
Faced with such an extremely serious and dangerous situation, Stalin considered it appropriate to work so that war against the Soviet Union was postponed, in order to gain time to further strengthen its defenses. To this end, he signed the non-aggression pact with Germany. This pact was to serve as a modus vivendi to stave off the danger temporarily, because Stalin saw the Hitlerite aggressiveness, and had made and was continuing to make preparations against it.
The "blitzkrieg", which had succeeded everywhere in Western Europe, failed in the East. Being very strong behind the lines, with the support of all the Soviet peoples, in its withdrawal the Red Army exhausted the enemy forces until it pinned them down, then it counter-attacked and smashed them with successive blows, until finally it forced Hitlerite Germany to surrender unconditionally. History has already recorded the decisive role of the Soviet Union in the defeat of Hitlerite Germany and the annihilation of fascism in general in World War II.
Bill Bland wrote in "The Myth and the Reality" Fact of the existence of a revisionist majority in the leadership of the CPSU was effectively concealed by the 'cult of personality' that was built up around Stalin. Stalin himself criticised and ridiculed this 'cult' on numerous occasions. Yet it continued. A typical example of the 'cult' is the following quotation from 1936: "Miserable pygmies! They lifted their hands against the greatest of all living men, our wise leader Comrade Stalin. We assure you, Comrade Stalin, that we will increase our Stalinist vigilance still more and close our ranks around the Stalinist Central Committee and the great Stalin". The author of these words was one Nikita Khrushchev, who in 1956 denounced the 'cult' as an indication of Stalin's 'vanity' and 'personal power'.
On one question, however, there is still disagreement, namely, when did the domination of the CPSU by revisionists begin?
These days, most people date it from the 20th Congress of the CPSU in 1956, when Khrushchev threw off his false Marxist-Leninist mask. However, there are good grounds for believing that for many years prior to Stalin's death in 1953, a majority of the Soviet leadership were either concealed or latent revisionists.
More than in anyone else, in the person of Stalin one finds the thought and word of Lenin. He is the Lenin of today."