Anyone who doesn't already have a strong impression about Stalin's crimes should watch the video "The Soviet Story", which I have just finished seeing for the first time.
Here is part of a message that I just posted on another forum, which I believe is on topic here because the documentary deals in considerable measure with the Siberian deportations:
I have just watched the entire production of "The Soviet Story" and
urge every member of this forum to see it as soon as you can. It is a
polemic, but is strongly supported with documentation and archival
footage, and is an extremely powerful indictment of Soviet crimes --
and shows how Putin's Russia is continuing in the Soviet tradition. For
example, several of the officers who shot Polish reservists at Katyn
and other mass-murder sites are still alive in Russia, where they
remain under government protection as military heroes.
At one point, historian Norman Davies says that if they want to remain
safe from prosecution for war crimes, they have only to go to Britain
because there the law expressly protects them.
This is a Latvian documentary, and the version I saw had Latvian
subtitles. Almost the entire production is narrated in English, but
some of the interviews are in other languages and the only translation
is into Latvian subtitles. I was able to understand some of what I
believe was Russian and Ukrainian because of similarities with Polish,
but the Latvian speech was beyond me.
Nevertheless, I was able to understand enough to recognize this as a
potential bombshell. I am only an amateur student of history, and
cannot vouch for accuracy of everything in it, but the only thing I saw
that gave me pause was use of the image of two children peeking out of
a cattle car on their way to Siberia, when the topic was Baltic
expulsions -- many of you will recognize it from the "cover" of the
I hope that others in this forum with greater knowledge of Soviet
crimes will watch this soon, and give a fuller appreciation of its
authenticity and effectiveness.
If you have trouble finding a copy of this documentary, try Google: "The Soviet Story".
Then, please tell the group what you think.
To get a taste, you can look at a clip at
I caution you that this is a grotesque and disturbing video, which it
must be if it hopes to document such a grotesque and disturbing episode
Watch this, but don't say that I didn't warn you.
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
----- Original Message ----
From: Carol <stashaok@...
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 11:09:03 AM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Will Stalin be made a saint?
After reading this I didn't know if I should be sad or mad? How sad
that the victims are not considered. What's next, St.Hitler?
Will Stalin be made a saint?
Moscow, July 23: The Orthodox Church in Russia is under growing
pressure to make former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin a saint if he
wins a popularity poll to nominate the greatest Russian in history.
The Communist party in St Petersburg has petitioned the Orthodox
Church to canonize Stalin if he wins the poll for the 'Name of
Russia' being conducted by the state-run Rossiya channel.
The Soviet leader, who was responsible for the deaths of around 15
million people during his 31-year dictatorial rule, is in second
place in online voting that seeks to nominate the greatest Russian
historical figure. But with months still left for the end of the
polling, Russian Communists are determined to put Stalin on top.
Stalin has undergone a remarkable renaissance in recent years with
opinion polls regularly naming him Russia's greatest post-revolution
leader after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
"By the end of the 21st century, icons of St Josef Stalin will be in
every Orthodox Church," said Sergei Malinkovich, the Communist party
leader who is driving the Stalin canonisation campaign, was quoted as
saying by The Daily Telegraph newspaper of Britain.
The London-based daily said the Communist leader's resurgence owes
much to the Kremlin, which under Putin's presidency appeared to
support a campaign to rehabilitate Stalin, with television
documentaries, films and books released in recent years eulogising
The Russian strongman destroyed thousands of churches and sent tens
of thousands of clerics to the gulags and their deaths.
Despite the church's reluctance, St Petersburg's Communists are
convinced their vision will come to pass. They have already
commissioned religious icons depicting Stalin with a halo round his
head that have reportedly sold very well around the city.
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