Wednesday, June 01, 2005

David North: The Nature of Stalin’s Purges

The nature of Stalin’s purges: A letter to the Wall Street Journal
by David North
World Socialist Web Site

The following is the text of a letter sent to the Wall Street Journal by David North, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (US), published by the Journal on May 25. The letter is in reply to an opinion piece published May 6 entitled “What Gulag?” by David Satter, a Russian specialist affiliated with the Hoover Institution, the Hudson Institute and Johns Hopkins University. Satter criticized Russia for not breaking completely with the legacy of the Soviet Union. He argued that Russia must “define the communist regime as criminal and the Soviet period as illegitimate; open the archives, including the list of informers; and find all mass burial grounds and execution sites.”

To Read the Letter

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