Tales of invasions past: The facts about Russia’s ‘annexation’ of Crimea

By Kate Clark

PEOPLE’S WORLD | January 27, 2022

Tales of invasions past: The facts about Russia’s ‘annexation’ of Crimea
In this Sunday, March 16, 2014 photo, Crimeans with Russian flags celebrate a referendum on seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia, in Lenin Square in Simferopol, Crimea. | Vadim Ghirda / AP

Kate Clark is the former Moscow correspondent for Britain’s Morning Star newspaper. She was stationed there from 1985-90, during the Soviet Union’s final years. As part of her work, she spent time in Crimea, whose people voted in 2014 to return to Russian administration rather than Ukrainian. With the hype around a possible Russian “invasion” of Ukraine, many commentators are now reviving stories of Russia’s “annexation” of Crimea as an example of the supposed fate that awaits Ukraine. In the following article, Clark looks at the history of Crimea and subverts the mainstream media’s tales of a Russian takeover of the region. It includes excerpts from a forthcoming book on her years in Moscow.

In June 1985, as the Morning Star’s Moscow correspondent, I had the chance to visit the Crimean peninsula, for centuries a holiday and recuperation favorite for Russian leaders and famous writers like Mikhail Lermontov, Anton Chekhov (whose famous short story The Lady with the Little Dog was set in Yalta), Leo Tolstoy (whose family lived for nearly a year in an old mansion in Gaspra), Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and many other prominent Russians of pre-revolutionary times.

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CELEBRATION OF COMMUNIST VICTORY OVER NAZIS

The memory of the Antifascist Victory does not fade away — Socialism is the future!

Statement by the Secretariat of the European Communist Initiative for the 76th anniversary of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples and the defeat of Nazism.

In Defense of Communism | May 09, 2021

76 years ago, the Red Army raised the Red Flag in the Reichstag, marking the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples and the defeat of Nazism. That was a fierce and bloody struggle, led by the Soviet Union with the decisive contribution of many anti-fascist, partisan movements, with the Communist Parties at the forefront.

The most barbaric dictatorship of capital in Europe ended thanks to the enormous sacrifice of millions of Soviet soldiers, partisans and anti-fascist militants.

In this titanic struggle, the power of the working class, the Soviet power, demonstrated its superiority at all levels.Read More »

The Soviet Victory over Nazism 75 Years Ago and Covid-19

by Andre Vltchek

How could the Great Patriotic War in which the Soviet people (including many members of my own family) lost at least 25 million lives, have anything in common with the latest outbreak of the novel coronavirus?

You think this is an absolutely insane question?

However, before you dismiss it, think twice. There are similarities how they are being portrayed. There is a dangerous, even deadly, pattern.

The storylines of both monumental events have been shamelessly kidnapped and perverted by Western propaganda!Read More »

D-Day was not the only “turning point” of the WWII, Eastern Front also turned the Nazi tide back

A Journal of People series

June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day – propagated by the mainstream media (MSM) as the “turning point” of World War II. But in terms of casualties inflicted on Nazi Germany, the allied invasion of Normandy is easily overshadowed by Stalingrad.

The D-Day landings in Normandy, France, are loudly propagated by the MSM as an unprecedented military victory and operation that broke the back of Nazi Germany.

Hollywood films and many media reports and books try to make the D-Day as the only immemorial achievement in the WWII.

But an examination of the facts gives a different picture:

An estimated 110,000 Nazi soldiers were killed, captured, or went missing during the battle for Normandy while Nazi losses in Stalingrad totaled 1.5 million.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then-President of the U.S., described Stalingrad as the crucial moment of the war. Winston Churchill, then-British Prime Minister, mentioned Stalingrad’s heroism, sacrifice and achievements several times in his speeches. Churchill said Hitler’s Nazi army faced the first defeat in Stalingrad.

But the MSM tries to wipe out the sacrifices, heroisms and achievements in Stalingrad from the memory of its readers and viewers. Today’s imperialist leaders feel shy to mention the name Stalingrad – its people, its fighters, women and men, soldiers and civilians turned soldiers. The facts tell reason behind capitalists’ hatred to Stalin.

Following is a series of reports/articles (part/full), gathered from the MSM, that tell a part of the story. One story in the series shows a few imperialist masters’ dirty design: Destroy the Soviet Union, the working people’s state.

The reports/articles posted here are FOR NON-PROFIT, NON-COMMERCIAL, EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE.

How the Soviet Union helped save the world from Hitler during World War II

‘It was the Western Allies’ extreme good fortune that the Russians, and not themselves, paid almost the entire ‘butcher’s bill’ for defeating Nazi Germany’

by Ishaan Tharoor

The Independent, Monday May 9, 2016

(https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/the-soviet-union-helped-save-the-world-from-hitler-a7020926.html)

 

In the Western popular imagination – particularly the American one – World War II is a conflict we won. It was fought on the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, through the rubble of recaptured French towns and capped by sepia-toned scenes of joy and young love in New York. It was a victory shaped by the steeliness of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the moral fiber of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and the awesome power of an atomic bomb.

But that narrative shifts dramatically when you go to Russia, where World War II is called the Great Patriotic War and is remembered in a vastly different light.

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August 2017: Stalingrad at 75, the Turning Point of World War II in Europe

by Ian Johnson

Copyright: Washington Post 

Published by the History Departments at The Ohio State University and Miami University

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A Soviet soldier waves the Red Banner near the central plaza of Stalingrad, 1943.

This month, three quarters of a century ago, the most famous battle of the Second World War began. More than four million combatants fought in the gargantuan struggle at Stalingrad between the Nazi and Soviet armies. Over 1.8 million became casualties. More Soviet soldiers died in the five-month battle than Americans in the entire war. But by February 2, 1943, when the Germans trapped in the city surrendered, it was clear that the momentum on the Eastern Front had shifted. The Germans would never fully recover.Read More »

Operation unthinkable: How Churchill wanted to recruit defeated Nazi troops and drive Russia out of Eastern Europe

by Max Hastings for the Daily Mail

Updated: August 26, 2009

Next week sees the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. … In a major two-week series, war historian Max Hastings casts new light on Winston Churchill. Here, in part nine, he tells how Churchill became a Cold War prophet …

Ahead of the game: Winston Churchill began making plans to go to war with Russia

When Winston Churchill learned in the spring of 1945 that the Americans were going to halt their advance on Berlin from the west and leave Hitler’s capital to the mercies of the Red Army of the Soviet Union, he was furious.

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Let’s not leave the Soviet Union out of our D-Day history

by John Wojcik

People’s World | June 06, 2019

Let’s not leave the Soviet Union out of our D-Day history

Red Army men, sharing one rifle, in a firing line in Stalingrad on Feb. 8, 1943. | AP

On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day today, there are ceremonies honoring the American heroes who landed on the beaches of Normandy and defeated the Nazis. This is as it should be. What is not right, however, is that rarely are we honoring in our ceremonies the Soviet heroes who bore the brunt of the battles to defeat fascism in World War II.

Americans are not surprised when they hear that historians distort the truth, but most of us believe it is foreign historians, not ours, who are in the business of distortion.

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