Download PDF by Marc Jansen (auth.): A Show Trial Under Lenin: The Trial of the Socialist

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ISBN-13: 9789400976061

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Soviet Russia will triumph over the entire hundreds of thousands of difficulties that stand in its manner, on one : so long as the reason for the political schooling of the extensive plenty of the folk continuously advances. we have now not anything to be frightened of, if our humans totally learns to tell apart who're its acquaintances and who're its enemies. The trial of the Socialist Revolutionaries needs to and will be a good leap forward within the reason for the political guideline of the very broadest lots on the town and nation. (Grigorii Zinov'ev, Pravda and Krasnaia gazeta, 20 June 1922) in my opinion, I thought of this trial to be pointless: the Socialist Revolu­ tionaries have been overwhelmed and represented no noticeable hazard in any respect. (Charles Rappoport, Ma vie, Paris 1926-1927, Vol. 2, p. eighty) The Bolsheviks seized strength in Russia in October 1917 by means of staging a coup d'etat, after which tested a dictatorship. the hot rulers sup­ pressed all armed resistance in a bloody civil struggle, and then they made each attempt to uproot and exterminate even peaceable political competition of every kind. Even now it truly is very unlikely within the Soviet Union to topic those advancements to severe old examine. The political competitors of the Soviet regime of the time are nonetheless looked by way of respectable Soviet his­ toriography as counter-revolutionaries and the measures taken opposed to them are visible as thoroughly justified.

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In their opinion, however, an economic liberalization could only have beneficial consequences for the ruined economy if it was coupled with a political liberalization. 2 Under the NEP they actually intensified their suppression of the political opposition with the goal of eliminating it altogether. e. legal security. In February 1922, the Cheka was abolished and replaced by the 'State Political Administration', the GPU, which had more restricted powers. In future, political crimes were to be handled 'solely through the courts'.

The positions of the parties were in strong contrast to each other. Emile Vandervelde and Ramsay MacDonald, on behalf of the Second International, laid before the Comintern the aforementioned three preconditions to the holding of a General Congress. These were rejected forcefully by Karl Radek, the leader of the Comintern delegation. Radek accused Vandervelde et al. e. communists) captive. e. that 'the Russian terrorists whom you have canonized' should be exchanged for these imprisoned communists.

38 Once it had become evident that joint action with the Mensheviks was not possible, the Socialist Revolutionaries took their own steps towards telling the Bolsheviks 'what the score was'. In a memorandum to the parties which had gathered for the Berlin conference, the PSR's Foreign Delegation discussed the Bolshevik terror in detail, and labelled Bolshevik efforts towards a united front as an insincere strategical manoeuvre. If the policy of rapprochement towards the communists was to be continued, the latter would need to satisfy a number of preconditions: the Bolshevik terror must be stopped; political prisoners in Russia must be released; the five members of the Central Committee of the PSR who had been appointed delegates to the General Congress of Workers' Parties 39 must be given permission to leave the country; and the forthcoming political trial must be cancelled.

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