>– President Lukashenko and Russian Communist Party Boss Mend Strained Russian-Belarusian Relations, Reaffirm Close Links between “Former” Soviet Republics
– 4,000 Communists Assemble in Moscow to Celebrate 93rd Anniversary of Bolshevik Revolution, Enjoy Security Provided by Almost as Many Police and Interior Troops
– Zyuganov Joins Russian Foreign Ministry in Pleading for Life of Saddam Hussein’s Former Deputy Premier, Iraqi Government Passes Death Sentence on Tariq Aziz
Every now and again the Eastern European media yields nuggets of truth that expose the fraudulent character of the “collapse” of communism nearly 20 years ago. On October 28, 2010, Belarus’ Telgraf website contained several gems related to President Alexander Lukashenko’s reception of Gennady Zyuganov in Minsk. Zyuganov (pictured above) is the long-time chairman of the (secretly ruling) Communist Party of the Russian Federation, legal heir of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Lukashenko, who is facing re-election next month, enthused:
I would like to express my gratitude to the President of the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov for his support and constructive position in the Belarusian-Russian question.
Thank you for having at least one person in Russia who has responded to everything that is happening, and suggested an urgent discussion of issues to make everything clear.
Of course, you’re a competent person. I am watching your work very closely, as well as the work of the Russian Communist Party. I think that having known each other for fifteen years or even more, you’ll never be able to throw a stone in my garden.
We were never shy to talk about socialism, communism, our past, World War, the expansion of NATO, our defense, though it was forbidden.
We have always maintained good relationships with you. I’ve always tried to inform you and the party as much as possible about the current events, which has recently begun to cause some resentment and allergies in your government. But, nevertheless, I really appreciate that you’ve applied to the problem that has always excited the party and will continue to excite. Since it’s probably one of the cornerstones of the policy of the Russian Communist Party.
Our assessment and our actions in Belarus are absolutely transparent and there are no discrepancies. Nevertheless, there are so many moments that I would like to discuss with you, to consult on some issues.
For his part, Chairman Zyuganov passed greetings from Russia’s “leftist and national-patriotic forces” to the Belarusian dictator. According to Tatiana Golubeva, First Secretary of the pro-Lukashenko Communist Party of Belarus, Zyuganov planned to meet with representatives of her party on October 28. Comrade Golubeva disclosed that the Russian and Belarusian communist parties will discuss “issues of cooperation between the two Communist countries [!?], the state and development prospects of the international communist movement, and Russian-Belarusian relations.”
It is possible, of course, that Golubeva meant to say “issues of cooperation between the two Communist parties,” because she does refer to “Russian-Belarusian relations” later in her quote. However, “country/motherland” (rodina) and “party” (partyia) are two very distinct words, even in the Belarusian language. Significantly, the Telegraf made no attempt to correct or criticize Golubeva’s reference to Russia and Belarus as “communist countries” in 2010. Apart from a few anti-communist bloggers, such as yours truly, this incriminating faux pas will no doubt go unnoticed in the Western MSM.
Although Belarus complained about unfair treatment related to its admission to the new Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, in truth there is no substantial disagreement between the “ex”-communists who reign in Moscow and Minsk. Indeed, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently endorsed a new military-technical treaty between the two countries, one that is designed to protect the Union State of Russia and Belarus from common threats of aggression and war (meaning NATO). Incidentally, in another sign of structural reorganization within the Communist Bloc, Vietnam has proposed a free trade agreement with the Russian-Belarusian-Kazakh customs union.
In a related story, on November 7 thousands of Communists assembled in downtown Moscow to commemorate the Bolshevik Revolution, while at another rally in the Russian capital 1,300 former Soviet paratroopers demanded the ouster of Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who has initiated widespread reforms in the Russian military’s command structure. Zyuganov told Ekho Moskvy radio that 30,000 participants showed up at his rally at Tverskaya Ploshchad, but a city police spokesman told the independent Moscow Times that only 4,000 attended.
Russia no longer officially celebrates the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 but, rather, Unity Day, which on November 4 marks the liberation of Russia from Polish invaders in 1612. However, this past Sunday, Moscow’s new mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, a slavish devotee of Putin, attended a parade in Red Square, in which Russian soldiers reenacted the Soviet counter-thrust against the “fascist” (Nazi German) invaders in November 1941.
In light of the 45-year Soviet occupation of Poland, the Russian military’s mock nuclear attack against Poland in 2009, and the suspicious demise this past March of President Lech Kaczynski and his top generals aboard a Polish Air Force jet in Russian airspace, Putin’s anti-Polish “Unity Day” is another sick communist joke.
Meanwhile, even though Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist regime in Iraq is long gone, the backing it once enjoyed from the Soviet Union and “post”-communist Russia came into view again when the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia’s potemkin ruling party United Russia, and Communist politicians rallied to the defense of Tariq Aziz. Last Tuesday, Iraq’s supreme criminal court convicted Hussein’s former deputy prime minister and foreign minister of murder and crimes against humanity. The court sentenced Aziz to death, along with former interior minister Saadoun Shaker and Abid Hmoud, one-time aide to Hussein.
Interfax registered the opposition of several Russian politicians to Aziz’s death sentence. “What has happened in Iraq is the elimination of a witness and a settling of accounts between different religions, not a victory for justice,” protested Mikhail Margelov, head of the foreign affairs committee in the Russian parliament’s upper house, the Federation Council. “Nothing can justify this sentence,” Margelov added. “We will . . . call on the international community and parliamentarians in Europe and the United States to prevent this assassination,” ranted Zyuganov, “Aziz is a very sick old man.” Russia strongly opposed the 2003 US-led invasion of its former client state Iraq.
The verdict also provoked quick reaction from the European Union and Amnesty International, while the Vatican urged clemency for Aziz, who is a professed Christian. Last year, Aziz was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his part in the 1992 murder of dozens of merchants and to a further seven years for his role in the forced displacement of Kurds from northern Iraq.