The Twentieth Century was the century of Socialism. The Twenty-first Century is the century of the transition to Communism. [T]he massive expansion of the productive forces worldwide associated with globalization is laying the material basis for communism. This is true even though this process is occurring largely under capitalist social relations.
— Communist Century website introduction and mission statement
There is no such thing as a former Communist, just as there is no such thing as a former Black.
— Jiří Křižan (1941-2010), Czech screenwriter and former aide of President Václav Havel
We are not going to stop there [Customs Union] and are setting an ambitious goal — to achieve an even higher integration level in the Eurasian Union. Membership in the Eurasian Union, apart from direct economic benefits, will enable its members [including Russia and ex-Soviet republics] to integrate into Europe faster and from a much stronger position.
— Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, statement made in Izvestia, October 4, 2011
Sometimes United Russia reminds me of the old Soviet Communist Party.
— Mikhail Gorbachev, CPSU General Secretary (1985-1991), interview with Spiegel, August 16, 2011
According to official Sandinista sources, CPCs [Councils of Citizen Power] were organized four years ago to help the government comply with its mission of serving the common good, as outlined in the Nicaraguan Constitution. Opposition members say CPCs are a reconstituted version of the Sandinista Defense Committees, created in the 1980s to serve as the “eyes and ears of the Sandinista Revolution.”
— “Nicaraguan opposition denounces Sandinista backlash,” Nica/Tico Times (San Jose, Costa Rica), May 13, 2011
These [national defense, national security, and border] laws are being imported from Cuba and Venezuela as part of a new plan to militarize the countries of ALBA [Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas]. The defense bill package is an attempt by [President Daniel] Ortega to democratically impose a military boot upon Nicaragua’s democracy and force the population to participate in the [resuscitated Sandinista] revolution.
If the laws are passed and the new system of national security is implemented, Ortega would move quickly to arm and mobilize Sandinista groups – the Sandinista Youth and the Councils of Citizen Power – under the pretext that they are “volunteer reservists” organizing to defend national security.
This is a terrible, terrible militarization of the society in an undercover way; Nicaragua’s past is returning.
— Victor Boitano, lawyer and retired Sandinista military colonel, commenting on martial law package passed by Nicaraguan National Assembly before Christmas 2010; quoted in Nica/Tico Times (San Jose, Costa Rica), December 10, 2010
We [Russian and Belarusian communists] will discuss issues of cooperation between the two Communist countries [meaning Russia and Belarus in 2010], the state and development prospects of the international communist movement, and Russian-Belarusian relations.
— Tatiana Golubeva, First Secretary of Communist Party of Belarus; comments uncritically quoted at Minsk’s Telegraf website, October 28, 2010
Cubans are involved in Venezuelan defense and communications systems to the point that they would know how to run both in a crisis. They’ve crossed a line. They’ve gone beyond what should be permitted and what an alliance should be. If Chavez were to lose elections in 2012 or be forced out of office — like he was during a brief 2002 coup — it’s even feasible the Cubans could become part of a guerrilla force. They know where our weapons are, they know where our command offices are, they know where our vital areas of communications are.
— Venezuelan Brigadier General (ret.) Antonio Rivero, statement from May 2010 interview
The accomplishments of China’s Communist Party in developing its government deserve the highest marks. The practical experience they have should be intensely studied.
— Alexander Zhukov, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister and senior Putin aide, statement made in Suifenhe, China, on October 9, 2009; reported by New York Times, October 17, 2009
I said that I had thoroughly studied the U.S. president’s anti-crisis program, that I liked it, as well as that it is socially oriented and primarily aimed at supporting poor people and enhancing the state’s role. I said all this to President Obama.
— Gennady Zyuganov, Chairman, Communist Party of the Russian Federation; quoted by Interfax, July 9, 2009
Russia and China are the only ones who can take the challenge of the U.S. in the military field; others are unable to do it technically.
— Ruslan Pukhov, Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies; reported by Russia Today, April 28, 2009
Cuba was expelled for being Leninist, Marxist, communist. I want to say to the members of the OAS, here, I want to declare myself Marxist, Leninist, communist, socialist and now let them expel me, I want them to expel me from the OAS, it is unbelievable that for being Marxist Leninist one can be expelled from the OAS.
— Evo Morales, President of Bolivia; statement made at 7th Summit of Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, in Cumana, Venezuela; April 16, 2009
Let me say this as clearly as I can. The United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical … in rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject. America’s relationship with the Muslim world cannot and will not be based on opposition to al Qaida. We seek broad engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over so many centuries to shape the world for the better, including my own country.
— US President Barack Hussein Obama, speech made in Ankara, Turkey; broadcast on Al Jazeera and Al Arabiyia news channels, April 6, 2009
Yesterday I spoke about this [NATO expansion into former Soviet Bloc] with my new comrade, President Barack Obama.
— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, commenting on G20 meeting in London; quoted by AFP news agency, April 2, 2009
Now, my job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect. I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries [Indonesia]. . . . And my job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives. My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.
— US President Obama, first presidential interview granted to Al Arabiyia news channel, January 27, 2009
The [US] left can and should advance its own views and disagree with the Obama administration without being disagreeable. Its tone should be respectful. We are speaking to a friend [Obama].
— Sam Webb, National Chair, Communist Party USA, address delivered on November 15, 2008; published at party website
Capitalists! I recommend you start reading Marx’s “Das Kapital.”
— Gennady Zyuganov, commenting on global financial crisis; quoted by Moscow Times, November 10, 2008
The USA will be at war with Russia within five years.
— Leonid Kagansky, senior adviser for European affairs to deceased Soviet tyrant Leonid Brezhnev; quoted by AllNewsWeb.com on November 8, 2008
It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too. My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
— US President Obama, response to Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (“Joe the Plumber”) on campaign trail; quoted by Fox News, October 13, 2008
US attempts to create a unipolar world in both the political and economic field have failed. It is essential to strengthen the legitimacy of the United Nations and regulate the global economy more effectively. The example of the US has shown that the move from self-regulating capitalism to financial socialism is only one step.
— Russian President Medvedev, commenting on US financial industry bailout; quoted by Financial Times, October 8, 2008
Those people [Kremlin] who are bombing us want to restore the Soviet Union. But the people of Georgia do not want to return to the past and will never surrender.
— Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvil, quoted by The Guardian, August 12, 2008
While they [the Americans] are deploying the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, our strategic bombers will already be landing in Cuba.
— Senior Russian military aviation source, quoted by Izvestia/Novosti, July 21, 2008
We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
— US President Obama, statement made on campaign trail in Colorado Springs, July 2, 2008; quoted by World Net Daily, July 15, 2008
I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems. I will set a goal for a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenal.
— US President Obama, statement made on campaign trail; quoted by NewsMax.com, June 10, 2008
Sometimes I like to compare the European Union as a creation of the organization of empires. We have the dimension of empires, but there is a great difference. Now, we have what some authors call a non-imperial empire.
— Jose Manuel Barroso, “ex”-communist European Commission President, statement made at July 2007 press conference; quoted by EUX.TV-The Europe Channel, March 29, 2008
I don’t agree that the Cold War is back. It has never ended.
— Andrei Lugovoi, Deputy, Russian Federation State Duma, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia; suspected by British authorities of murdering FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko; quoted by Los Angeles Times, January 27, 2008
Putin is the embodiment of the ulcers, infirmities, and failures of United Russia.
— Gennady Zyuganov; quoted at CPRF website, October 2, 2007
China and Russia’s foreign intelligence services are among the most aggressive in collecting against sensitive and protected U.S. systems, facilities and development projects, and their efforts are approaching Cold War levels.
— Mike McConnell, US Director of National Intelligence, statement made before US Congress, September 18, 2007; quoted in MSNBC
Psychiatry in Russia today is broadening its repressive functions and the use of involuntary measures in relation to citizens.
— Lyubov Vinogradova, Executive Director, Independent Psychiatric Association (Russia); quoted in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, August 22, 2007
I made a decision to restore flights of Russian strategic bombers on a permanent basis, and at 00:00 today, August 17, 14 strategic bombers, support aircraft and aerial tankers were deployed. Combat duty has begun, involving 20 aircraft. Air patrol areas will include zones of commercial shipping and economic activity. As of today, combat patrolling will be on a permanent basis. It has a strategic character. Unfortunately, not everyone followed our example. Other states’ long-distance strategic patrol flights have created certain problems for national security. We act on the assumption that our partners will treat with understanding the resumption of strategic air flights. Our pilots have been grounded for too long.
— Vladimir Putin, Russian Federation President, statement delivered during Peace Mission 2007 exercise, Chelyabinsk, South Urals; quoted in Novosti, August 17, 2007
We must fight against the interests of global capitalism and the empire that still do not share and work for a just world, in solidarity, peace, democracy and freedom.
— Daniel Ortega, Sandinista President of Nicaragua; statement made in Mexico City, June 27-28, 2007; quoted by Nicaragua Network website
The Communist Party of Ireland welcomes the decision to establish an Executive as a major step forward in building peace and reconciliation. While we recognise that the delay may be necessary, any further delays must be resisted. The re-establishment of a functioning Assembly and Executive must become the focal point for resistance in relation to the continuing attacks on public services, the introduction of water charges, and exorbitant rates increases.
— Communist Party of Ireland; statement made on March 27, 2007 in response to admission of Sinn Fein/Irish Republican Army into Northern Ireland’s new government
Missile shield elements, which are located in silos, are very vulnerable and have weak defenses. Therefore, all aircraft deployed by strategic aviation can either apply electronic counter-measures against them or physically destroy them.
— Lieutenant-General Igor Khvorov, Commander of Russian Strategic Air Force; statement made on March 5, 2007 in response to US proposal to install missile defense shield in Poland and Czech Republic
We are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations . . . one state, the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is very dangerous, nobody feels secure anymore because nobody can hide behind international law. I don’t want to accuse anyone of being aggressive [with respect to US plans to install a missile defense system in Poland and Czech Republic]. That balance will be upset completely and one side will have a feeling of complete security and given a free hand in local, and probably in global, conflicts . . . We need to respond to this. The process of NATO expansion has nothing to do with modernization of the alliance or with ensuring security in Europe. On the contrary, it is a serious factor provoking reduction of mutual trust. The legitimate use of force can only done by the United Nations, it cannot be replaced by EU or NATO.
— Vladimir Putin, Russian Federation President; statement made at 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy, February 10, 2007
Those of you who want to know what type of socialism I have planned for Venezuela should read Marx and Lenin.
— Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela; statement made on occasion of third inauguration; quoted in The Times, January 14, 2007
The whole Nicaraguan Army and other power agencies use arms and vehicles mostly of the Soviet and Russian production. We do not return to a bare field in Nicaragua, but resume our relations on a very serious basis, both technological and human.
— Sergei Stepashin, former Russian Federation Prime Minister, personal envoy for President Vladimir Putin; statement made in Managua, January 12, 2007
Karl Marx describes man’s alienation in a drastic way; although by limiting his reasoning to the material sphere he fails to reach the true depths of alienation, he nevertheless provides a clear image of the man who falls victim to the robbers. If we apply it to the globalized world, we see how the populations of Africa who have been robbed and plundered concern us. The wealthy have stripped the poor bare and have wounded them spiritually. Instead of giving them their God, the God that is close to us in Christ, and welcome from their traditions all that is dear and great … we brought them the cynicism of a world without God, in which only power and profit matters.
— Pope Benedict XVI, excerpts from Jesus of Nazareth (Doubleday, 2007)
Belarus was a very Soviet republic. It now remains in its essence Soviet. Not only because the councils were preserved. A Soviet republic means an international republic, which carries out an appropriate social policy. Belarus was designed to live in a united Soviet Union.
— Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus; statement made on NTV, on 15th anniversary of dissolution of USSR; as quoted in Telegraf, December 8, 2006
The deserved punishment reached the traitor. I am sure his terrible death will be a warning to all the traitors that in Russia treason is not to be forgiven. I would recommend to citizen Berezovsky to avoid any food at the commemorative feast for Litvinenko.
— Sergei Abeltsev, Deputy, Russian Federation State Duma, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia; quoted in parliamentary hansard, November 24, 2006
You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people.
— Former FSB Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Litvinenko (1962-2006), Final Statement, November 21, 2006
The election of democratic governments in various Latin American countries like “Frente Amplia” in Uruguay, and the recent re-election of Lula in Brazil and the election of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua are also part of the development of progressive forces in the continent. The Latin American left has made the struggle to assert its political and economic sovereignty a priority, with the development of social programs that benefit the vast majorities and the launching of projects of integration, among which ALBA [Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas] is prominent. Socialist Cuba is a prominent part of this scenario of advances in the anti-imperialist struggle in the region.
— “Motion of Solidarity with Latin America and Cuba,” International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, Lisbon, November 10-12, 2006
On these days of the anniversary of the October Revolution, contrary to the lies of the bourgeoisie that “socialism is dead and the end of the history has come”; the barricades in Oaxaca light the fire of the Paris Communards and of the October Revolution, under the very nose of US imperialism.
— International Bureau, Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Turkey/Northern Kurdistan, October 27, 2006
The killing [of Anna Politkovskaya] inflicts much greater damage to the government than any of her writing. I think that journalists should know, and experts should understand, that her ability to influence political life in Russia was extremely insignificant. This journalist was a sharp critic of the government in Russia, but the level of her influence on political life in Russia was very minor.
— Vladimir Putin; quoted in International Herald Tribune, October 10, 2006
The neoliberal [capitalist] economic model is a source of corruption, and to talk about privatization is to talk about corruption. We need to investigate [privatizations] and look for the problems and the crimes, if they were committed, and then take corrective measures.
— Daniel Ortega, Sandinista President of Nicaragua, 1979-1990, 2007-present; quoted in The Miami Herald, July 30, 2006
Russia has fully recovered the status of a superpower, having global responsibility for the situation on the planet and the future of the civilisation.
— Sergei Ivanov, First Deputy Prime Minister, Russian Federation; quoted in Izvestiya, July 13, 2006
Virtually all the characteristics of a modern democratic state have disappeared [in Russia]. The government and parliament cannot function without everyday instruction from the top. The judiciary cannot be said to have any sign of independence. Responsibility at the regional level of power has been totally destroyed by abolishing the direct election of governors.
— Mikhail Kasyanov, former prime minister of Russian Federation; speaking at International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, June 26, 2006
We at the Communist Party USA and the Young Communist League USA stand in solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters in the fight for full equality. We demand an end to the violence and discrimination against LGBT people in our schools, workplaces and communities. We will be marching, rallying and celebrating this weekend in Pride Parades across the country and invite all readers of the People’s Weekly World to join us in the struggle for LGBT equality.
— “Gay Pride Month: Communists stand in solidarity,” Communist Party USA Website, June 21, 2006
The ultranationalists, led by head of the liberal union Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the corrupt, homophobic, billionaire Moscow Mayor Yuri Lushzkov and leftist, the so-called “Black General” Albert Makashov, as well as the head of the Communist Party in Russia Gennady Zyuganov are behind the crackdown on democracies, even inside the country. They dream of restoring the Soviet Union to all its crumbling, dysfunctional glory. They dream of seeing the United States under a red flag (seriously).
— Tsotne Bakuria, Visiting Scholar, George Washington University; quoted in Washington Times, May 18, 2006
The Central Committee of the re-born Communist Party of the Soviet Union has sent in advance to your Seminar our detailed theses in relation to the main issues in the agenda.
— Oleg Shenin, Chair, (restored) CPSU; message delivered to 15th International Communist Seminar, Brussels, May 5-7, 2006
All of this means that the USSR continues to exist not just de-facto as a real remaining economic unity, as a united territory of all the Soviet people, as a fact of undying self-consciousness of the Soviet people with their mutual language of communication Russian and with the Soviet socialist mentality, but also de-jure. It would be sufficient just to rebuild its state structures, by overcoming the bourgeois delusions and by coming back to the socialist path of development. Under conditions of stabilization of the bourgeois power it will be extremely difficult to achieve, but the Soviet people under the leadership of a single, united and truly Leninist Bolshevik Communist party of the Soviet Union should be able to do that for the sake of his own future as well as for the future of the whole planet.
— Leonid Shkolnikov, First Secretary, Belarus Section, (restored) CPSU; Deputy Head, National Emergency Management and Response Center, Republic of Belarus; message delivered to 15th International Communist Seminar, Brussels, May 5-7, 2006
Don’t go to Italy, there are many KGB agents among the politicians: Romano Prodi [prime minister between 1996-1998 and 2006-2008] is our man there.
— General Anatoly Trofimov, FSB Deputy Chief, to FSB Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Litvinenko, circa 2000; quoted at United Kingdom Independence Party website, March 4, 2006
In 1992 I had unprecedented access to Politburo and Central Committee secret documents which have been classified, and still are even now, for 30 years. These documents show very clearly that the whole idea of turning the European common market into a federal state was agreed between the left-wing parties of Europe and Moscow as a joint project which Gorbachev in 1988-89 called our “common European home.”
— Vladimir Bukovsky, Soviet dissident; interviewed by The Brussels Journal, February 23, 2006
There is no such thing as a former KGB man.
— Vladimir Putin, Russian Federation President, FSB Gala, December 2005; quoted in Newsweek, February 6, 2006
Latin America is turning Red.
— Gennady Zyuganov; quoted in Eurasia Daily Monitor, January 27, 2006
The story of Rodina shows that nationalism goes down well with voters and that the Kremlin exercises full control over the party system. [Sergei] Baburin, who had been expelled from the Duma fraction after making a number of harsh statements about Rodina (among other things, he accused the party of collaborating with the Communists, oligarch Boris Berezovsky and the Ukrainian orange revolutionaries) in June 2005, took around ten People’s Will deputies with him.
— Alexei Titkov, Party Number Four: Rodina: Whence and Why? (Moscow: Panorama, 2006)
Russia has ceased being a free and democratic country.
— Andrei Illarionov, Putin’s former economic advisor; quoted by BBC Online News, December 27, 2005
Men and women of today, humanity come of age yet often still so frail in mind and will, let the Child of Bethlehem take you by the hand! Do not fear; put your trust in him! The life-giving power of his light is an incentive for building a new world order based on just ethical and economic relationships.
— Pope Benedict XVI, Urbi et Orbi Message, December 25, 2005
Celebration meetings were held in Russia, Mongolia, India and Romania from Sept. 23 to 30 with the approach of the 60th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Chairman Oleg Shenin of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, made an opening address at the meeting held in Moscow under the sponsorship of the party, Secretary Vladimir Beryodin made a report, and the chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the International Union of Officers of the Soviet Union, the president of the Russian People’s Academy of Sciences, and others [made] speeches.
— Korean Central News Agency (DPRK), October 4, 2005
This has always distinguished us from the political heirs of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, who appeared and continue to appear on the scene under different names, but have always represented de facto a united bureaucratic nomenclature belonging to the same clan.
— Nikita Belykh and Grigory Yavlinsky; Yabloko Website, October 2005
The Indian Government cannot succeed in suppressing the armed revolution of India’s Maoists.
— Zhang Zheng, Communist Party of China, MaoFlag Website, April 3, 2005; quoted in South Asia Analysis Group, May 10, 2005
Let us strengthen our solidarity with and support for the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.
— General Resolution, 14th International Communist Seminar, Brussels, May 4, 2005
People said the communist movement was dead. What we see around the world today shows just how wrong they were. Today we see communists in the leadership of the peace movement, the anti-racist movement, the trade union struggle — that is where our experience and analysis really counts. Without our leadership, those movements cannot defeat capitalism.
— Kate Hudson, President, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, member, Communist Party of Britain; statement made in New York City, May Day 2005; quoted in People’s Weekly World, May 7, 2005
The demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.
— Vladimir Putin; quoted in The Boston Globe, April 25, 2005
When Gorbachev was contacted on August 17 and 18  and a report was presented to him that everything [for the coup] was ready, he said: “Well, boys, you do whatever you think fit. I won’t play your games any longer.”
— Valentin Falin, Head, International Department, Central Committee, CPSU; interviewed in Vlast, April 11, 2005
We are satisfied . . . about the fact that AKM works under the political leadership of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and it prepares its members for entrance into the CPSU. The basis of our interrelations is complete ideological accord and the organizational independence of youth organization.
— Oleg Shenin, message delivered to Sixth Congress of Red Youth Vanguard (AKM), January 29, 2005
We are hurtling back into a Soviet abyss, into an information vacuum that spells death from our own ignorance. All we have left is the internet, where information is still freely available. For the rest, if you want to go on working as a journalist, it’s total servility to Putin. Otherwise, it can be death, the bullet, poison, or trial – whatever our special services, Putin’s guard dogs, see fit.
— Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006), “Poisoned by Putin,” The Guardian, September 9, 2004
In the afternoon the [Transnistrian] President [Igor Smirnov] met with Oleg Shenin, the Chairman of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The goals of the communist movements of the Russian Federation, PMR [Transnistria] and RM [Republic of Moldova] were discussed in the course of the meeting with the guest from Moscow. In Oleg Shenin’s opinion, they should combat the expansion of imperialism on the post-Soviet territory retaining the best ideas of communists of the Soviet Union and increasing the prestige of the party among people.
— Official Press Release, Government of (unrecognized) Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, May 28, 2004
[AKM] together with the Communist Party of the Soviet Union [is committed] to attaining the creation of a revolutionary front of oppositional forces in the territory of the USSR, the purpose of which is the removal from authority of the police regime of Putin in Russia and the pro-Western regimes in the republics of the USSR, the restoration of the Soviet regime, socialism, and step-by-step revival of the Soviet Union on the basis of the results of the All-Union referendum on March 17, 1991.
— “On the Tactical Missions of AKM,” Fifth Congress of Red Youth Vanguard, April 17, 2004
Last February 29, 2004 there took place a Congress in Moscow that give birth to the reborn Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The main report at the Congress was given by Oleg Shenin. There were 149 delegates attending this Union of Communist Parties-CPSU, that represented the 14 communist and workers parties that belonged to the UCP-CPSU.
— Statement of XXXIII Congress of UCP-CPSU; reported in Northstar Compass, May 2004
Here I would repeat the words of encouragement which I spoke in 1995: “The United Nations Organization needs to rise more and more above the cold status of an administrative institution and to become a moral centre where all the nations of the world feel at home and develop a shared awareness of being, as it were, a family of nations.”
— Pope John Paul II, World Day of Peace Message, January 1, 2004
Only by acting together can Russia and the enlarging European Union direct the process of the formation of a new world order, common values, and interests.
— Vladimir Putin, Russian Federation President, Rome, 12th European Union-Russia Summit; quoted in ITAR-TASS, November 6, 2003
At the St. Petersburg Summit in May 2003, the EU and Russia agreed to reinforce their co-operation by creating in the long term four common spaces in the framework of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. It was decided to create a common economic space; a common space of freedom, security and justice; a space of co-operation in the field of external security; as well as a space of research and education, including cultural aspects.
— “EU-Russia Relations,” European Union website
The men behind the failed hard-line coup of August 1991 that accelerated the collapse of the Soviet empire and ended the Cold War are not sitting in jail. They are not in exile or seclusion. They do not live a life of shame. They occupy well-appointed offices like [former Soviet Vice President Gennady] Yanayev’s, in a red-brick building in northern Moscow where he heads a foundation. One of the conspirators today leads a small political party. Another chairs a committee in parliament. Still another serves as his home region’s governor.
— “Coup That Wasn’t Stirs Russians’ Mixed Emotions: Decade Later, Soviet Times Cast Shadow,” Washington Post, August 17, 2001; page A16
The struggle for gay and lesbian liberation has the potential to become a significant force in the ongoing struggle to transform capitalism into communism. The most advanced — the most radical — sections of the gay and lesbian liberation movement represent the potential vanguard of the struggle for sexual emancipation in the socialist transition from capitalism to communism.
— Bob Nowlan and Mark Wood, “Marxism, Socialism, and the Politics of Gay and Lesbian Liberation,” The Alternative Orange (Syracuse University), September 10, 2000
History has shown that as soon as communists come to power, usually by coup or coercion, their ideals of equality and brotherhood degenerate into the doctrine of the state’s interest being superior to all other interests. The doctrine unleashes intolerance towards non-communist opinion, violations and restrictions of human rights, discrimination against different social and ethnic groups, and finally masses deportations and killings. International preventive measures against the possibility of the restoration of Nazi regimes have been created. Similar measures against the restoration of Communist regimes must be created.
— “Purpose and Goals of the Congress,” International Congress on the Evaluation of Crimes of Communism, June 12-14, 2000, Vilnius, Lithuania
In order to build a sustainable global community, the nations of the world must renew their commitment to the United Nations, fulfill their obligations under existing international agreements, and support the implementation of Earth Charter principles with an international legally binding instrument on environment and development.
— Earth Charter; presented by Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, March 2000, Paris
Zionism now is a force of a class character, it is the vanguard of world imperialism. It did played in the past, plays now and wants to play in future considerable part in enslavement of peoples, in building up the “new world order” – the regime of superexploitation and genocide of the working people of all nationalities. It’s a fact. Karl Marx characterised class essence of Zionism as mercantilised one, as financial oligarchy and now we see this more and more.
— Oleg Shenin, interviewed by The Patriot weekly (Moscow), circa 2000
When Mandela dies we will kill you whites like flies.
— Mzukizi Gaba, African National Congress Councillor, 1997; quoted at African Crisis website
We [Russians] are the last power on this planet that is capable of mounting a challenge to the New World Order–the global cosmopolitan dictatorship.
— Gennady Zyuganov, statement made in 1996; quoted in Martin A. Lee, The Beast Reawakens (New York: Little, Brown & Co., 1997)
It stretches credulity to its absolute bounds to think that suddenly, overnight, all those who were Communists will suddenly adopt a new philosophy and belief, with the result that everything will be different. I use this opportunity to warn the House and the country that that is not the truth.
— Christopher Gill, Member of Parliament, June 8, 1995; recorded in British House of Commons Hansard
This writer knows a high-ranking retired general (Ben Partin), who is an expert on Soviet global strategy, who agrees with this writer that Communism in the former Soviet Union is by no means dead, and who believes that the Oklahoma City bombing could have been done by a special ops team (i.e., Spetsnaz, KGB, or GRU) from the East bloc. The purpose: To polarize the right and left in America, accelerate the disarmament of the American public, and escalate the violence and political/social upheaval in America. And, of course, the last place our government intelligence authorities or the public would look today (in the post-Communist/post-Cold War era) is at Russia (or the former Soviet Union).
— Donald McAlvany, May/June 1995 newsletter, page 18
No matter what new party we create, in the end, it always turns out to be the Communist Party of the Soviet Union!
— Statement attributed to Russian Federation Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin (1992-1998)
I am a Communist, a convinced Communist. For some that may be a fantasy. But for me it is my main goal.
— Mikhail Gorbachev; quoted by New York Times, December 26, 1989
In October 1917 we parted with the old world, rejecting it once and for all. We are moving towards a new world, the world of communism. We shall never turn off that road!
— Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary, CPSU, November 2, 1987; quoted in October and Perestroika: The Revolution Continues (Moscow: Novosti Press Agency, 1987)
We have Nicaragua, soon we will have El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Mexico. One day, tomorrow or 15 years from now, we’re going to take 5 to 10 million Mexicans and they’re going to have one thing in mind – cross the border, go into Dallas, go into Houston, go into New Mexico, go into San Diego, and each one has embedded in his mind the idea of killing 10 Americans.
— Tomas Borge Martinez, co-founder of Sandinista National Liberation Front; Interior Minister of Nicaragua, 1979-1990; Nicaraguan ambassador to Peru, 2007-present; quoted in The Washington Times, March 27, 1985
Yet it was, in reality, one of the shrewdest pieces of international hoodwinking in historical record . . . So the Comintern was dissolved [in 1943], and the misguided democratic world rejoiced . . . A glance at your newspaper will show that the former Comintern officers had little difficulty in finding new employment. The Comintern was never dissolved . . . Military Intelligence took over the old chores of the Comintern. It became an active part of the Soviet Fifth Column in democratic countries.
— Igor Gouzenko, This Was My Choice (Montreal: Palm Publishers, 1948)
If our comrades in all lands help us now to organise a united army, no shortcomings will prevent us from accomplishing our task. That task is the world proletarian revolution, the creation of a world Soviet republic.
— Vladimir Lenin, Second Congress of the Communist International, July 19-August 7, 1920
First, we will take over Eastern Europe, then we will organize the hordes of Asia . . . then we will move on to Latin America; once we have Latin America, we won’t have to take the United States, the last bastion of capitalism, because it will fall into our outstretched hands like overripe fruit.
— Statement attributed to Vladimir Lenin, quoted by US President Ronald Reagan, September 9, 1985
But, in general, the protective system of our day is conservative, while the free trade system is destructive. It breaks up old nationalities and pushes the antagonism of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie to the extreme point. In a word, the free trade system hastens the social revolution. It is in this revolutionary sense alone, gentlemen, that I vote in favor of free trade.
— Karl Marx, “On the Question of Free Trade,” speech delivered to Democratic Association of Brussels, January 9, 1848
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots [then] may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
— Jeremiah 13:23