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RUSSIA-Twentieth Party Congress-Celebration, Indifference and Revilement

Twentieth Party Congress Celebration, Indifference and Revilement Dev Murarka The 40th anniversary of the Twentieth Party Congress was observed in Moscow and some other cities in Russia in February, though not in a manner worthy of its significance. There have been no reports of it being marked in the other territories of the former Soviet Union. This is not surprising, given the state of moral and intellectual decay into which contemporary Russia has fallen, not caring or wanting to know what its history of the Communist period is, not wanting to draw proper lessons from its failures and achievements. The supposedly resurgent Communists in Russia marked the occasion in their own way, by beginning a process of rehabilitation of Stalin and denouncing the Congress! The Genesis FORTY years ago, on February 25, 1956, an epoch-making event took place in Moscow. Us echoes may have died down but its consequences are still reverberating throughout the world, even if the occasion itself is only dimly remembered. Its chief organiser, Nikita Khrushchev, could have hardly foreseen the scale of the impact it was to make. This event was the 'secret' speech he made at a closed session only for the delegates to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), held from February 14 to 25, on 'The Cult of Personality and Its Consequences'. The content of the speech was singular, devoted to demystifying Josef Stalin, who had died in 1953, and expose the crimes and repressions committed by him and under his guidance. It was the beginning of the end of the worldwide Stalinist style communist movement, in the Soviet Union above all, as an idedlogical and moral force in politics, a process still going on after four decades and far from completer The 40th anniversary of the Congress was marked in Moscow, and some other cities in Russia in February this year, though not on any grand scale, not in a unified way and not always in a manner worthy of its significance. There have been no reports of it being marked in other territories of the former Soviet Union. This is not surprising, given the state of moral and intellectual decay in which contemporary Russia has fallen, not caring or wanting to know what its history of the communist period is, not wanting to draw proper lessons from its failures and achievements. Also because the Soviet Union, too, has passed into history. Most people have forgotten the occasion, above all the new born, largely ignorant 'democrats' who owe their very existence to the processes started at the Congress.

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