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Old December 1st, 2010, 07:00 AM   #1

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Russia admits Stalin ordered Katyn massacre of Poles


Not sure if y'all have seen this one....

My question is....Is this more in the general trend toward distancing themselves from Stalin, or a genuine acknowlegment of their history.



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Russian parliament: Katyn masacre was done on Stalin orders
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Re: Russia admits Stalin ordered Katyn massacre of Poles


Worst kept secret in history... right up there with the time when Stalin stalled the Russian advance to erase the US leaning Polish underground and most of their fighters. This was when the Soviets returned to Warsaw in 1944 and then abruptly camped outside the city simply it seems... to witness the uprising. Saving him the problem of killing them himself.
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right up there with the time when Stalin stalled the Russian advance to erase the US leaning Polish underground and most of their fighters. This was when the Soviets returned to Warsaw in 1944 and then abruptly camped outside the city simply it seems... to witness the uprising. Saving him the problem of killing them himself.
Well there is little problem here: Polish uprising was aimed to stall Soviet advance in the first place
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I thought it was to kick the germans out
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Germans were defeated by that time. They would be kicked regardless of uprising or not. As they were after uprising failed.

Primary goal of uprising was to prevent Soviets from installing communistic (and Soviet friendly) exiled Polish government in Warsaw and install London exiled pro Western government. Kicking Germans was just side benefit, so to speak.

In other words, anticommunist part of Polish resistance hoped to gain control of Warsaw from Germans before Soviets do and install their own government there.

They failed. Bitching about Soviets not giving helping hand ...well I find it bit hypocritical.
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Not sure if y'all have seen this one....

My question is....Is this more in the general trend toward distancing themselves from Stalin, or a genuine acknowlegment of their history.



http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101126...ndwwiimassacre
Unfortunately there is Russophobia in the world. As well certain politicians have no objection to supporting the budgets of their countries at the expense of Russians. Therefore the trend to distancing from Stalin can be rather useful thing. But in whole the declaration of Duma is not especially good political trick.
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