Russian Politics, & Personalities

Dima Medvedev’s New Video Blog Entry

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BBC’s Richard Galpin reports:

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has made an outspoken attack on those seeking to rehabilitate former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Millions of Soviet citizens died under Stalin’s rule and Mr Medvedev said it was not possible to justify those who exterminated their own people.

He also warned against efforts to falsify history and defend repression.

Here is the link to the video because they won’t let me embed.

The portion of the video that resonated the most was this:

I believe that no national progress, successes or ambitions can develop at the price of human misery and loss.

Nothing can take precedence over the value of human life.

And there is no excuse for repression.

We pay a great deal of attention to the fight against the revisionist falsification of our history. Yet somehow I often feel that we are merely talking about the falsification of the events of the Great Patriotic War.

But it is equally important not to sanction, under the guise of restoring historical justice, any justification of those who destroyed our people.

Noble sentiments, I am sure, but I question their sincerity.  In commentary posted on Robert Amsterdam’s website, LaRus says,

You are missing a much more important indicator of Medvedev’s mendacity.

His government has just opened a CRIMINAL case against Oleg Orlov. While he calls for remembering Stalin’s victims, he prosecutes the one organization in Russia dedicated to actually doing so.

Exactly.  Time for a cliche, actions speak louder than words.

I was also bothered by this quote:

Two years ago, sociologists conducted a survey and nearly 90 percent of our young citizens aged 18 to 24, failed to name famous people who suffered or died during those years of repression. And this, of course, cannot but be disturbing.

I read somewhere that, statistically, not one person in the Soviet Union was unscathed in Stalin’s purges.  Everybody was related to, or acquainted with someone who was a victim of those purges.  Of course, not all of them were famous, but that is the point.  Not that the famous people were not important, too, but that the repression was so widespread that it was impossible for everyone to be famous.

So, do you know what I am disturbed by, Dima?  I am disturbed that you don’t address that.  And I am disturbed by the fact that you are not doing anything to change the history books that you are complaining about.  And I am disturbed by the fact that you are essentially making these videos for me, and a few hundred other people who are interested in such things, and another few hundred Russian kids who live in Moscow and Peter.  And you are not doing anything.  And now I am just disturbed and annoyed, and wondering why I am still awake, and trying to figure out who you are looking at in this video blog.


Written by Nina Jobe

October 31, 2009 at 1:44 AM

Posted in Dmitry Medvedev

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  1. P.S. Any guesses as to who wrote this latest video entry?


    October 31, 2009 at 9:37 AM

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