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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stalin billboards go up in Russia

Man's True Nature
"Kneel before me. I said, KNEEL!  Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel."
From The Avengers

(Editor  -  I suspect Loki's quote is dead on.  We Americans like to mock authoritarian foreign nations while not seeing ourselves for what we are.  Since the 1930s the American Sheeple have allowed endless power over our lives to be accumulated by a corrupt centralized Washington D.C. oligarchy. The cult of the "Leader" is alive in the USA.  With all the obvious bullshit and lies we still see 45% of Americans mindlessly worshiping Obama in polls.)

Some residents of the central Russian city of Perm have asked the authorities to remove 10 billboards with Stalin’s portraits, put up by the Communist Party, claiming the law only allows the medium to be used for commercial advertising.
The billboards, which remain on Perm’s streets, feature the photo of the Soviet dictator together with the famous quote, Stalin found Russia working with wooden plows and left it equipped with atomic piles,” attributed to Winston Churchill. The Communist Party says on its website that the placement was timed with the 135th anniversary of Stalin’s birth and the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory in WWII.
The outdoor campaign started two months ago, but the scandal erupted only in mid-February as some unnamed vigilant citizens reported about it to the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service – the state agency that oversees how laws on advertising are observed. The essence of complaints is that billboards can only be used for commercial advertising or promotion of charity projects, while the sites in question do not fall under either category reports RT News.
A woman shouts as she carries portraits of Vladimir Lenin and
Josef Stalin during a Communist Party supporters' rally
to mark May Day in Moscow.

Officials told local mass media that they were now trying to establish who ordered the campaign in order to tell them to stop it.
The Perm branch of the Communist Party replied with an emotional statement, accusing their opponents of hypocrisy and noting that all information about the sponsors of the campaign can be found on the billboards themselves, in the regional Communist newspaper and on the party’s website.
The activists also noted that similar campaigns, like the one promoting St. Valentine’s Day, had never caused any objections despite the fact that they also do not advertise any particular product or charity. The Communists’ reply ends with Stalin’s own words: “I know that after my death piles of garbage will be carried to my grave, but the winds of history will swipe it away without any mercy.”
A similar situation took place in the southern Russian city of Voronezh in 2008. Local mayor ordered the removal of 10 billboards with Stalin’s portraits for the same reason just three days after they were put up. Local communists complained to the prosecutor’s office and claimed that the law enforcers had taken their side, but removed the ads anyway, saying that the campaign had already ended, as planned.

Russian Poll
More than half the respondents to a survey published by an independent Russian polling agency said Soviet dictator Josef Stalin played a positive role in the life of the country.
Sixteen percent of the respondents in the poll carried out by the independent Levada-Center last November 21-24, said Stalin played an "undoubtedly positive" role, while 36 percent said his role was "rather positive."More than half the respondents to a survey published by an independent Russian polling agency said Soviet dictator Josef Stalin played a positive role in the life of the country.
Twenty-one percent of those polled said the Soviet dictator played a "rather negative" role, while nine percent said his role was "undoubtedly negative."
Nineteen percent of the respondents said they were at a loss to answer. (voanews.com)


M. Simon said...

This post is proof positive that the Brits are wrong to send troops to the Ukraine.

Gary said...

Western nations do not have to get involved and threaten war everywhere.

M. Simon said...

So you don't object to the expansion of Stalinism by force of arms in Europe?

If it continues where do you think the use of force might be advisable?

If it is not in the interest of the Brits would it be OK for France? Germany? Belgium? Estonia?

Are you familiar with the history of the Rhineland in the mid 1930s? My mother, who was alive in that era says today has a similar "feel".

Europe was filled with anti-war types in that era.

The Euros of course have been stupid. Their "Green" anti-fracking policies have put them in this hole. They can't resist for fear of getting their gas turned off.