Russian paper #2
Tactics of the Soviets
The Soviet Union in the twentieth century was a tumultuous time for Russians who wished to speak their minds and for those who wished to stretch communism to the corners of the globe. With a government consumed by annihilating its opponents and censorship, Soviet writers such as Nikolai Bukharin and Grigori Deborin were compelled to depict the glory of communism or face the harshest of consequences. In “Down With Factionalism!,” Bukharin justifies his slander of Leon Trotsky in the battle to succeed Vladimir Lenin for the leadership of Russia. In Deborin’s “The Second World War,” he explains how the Soviet Union’s allies, England and the United States, let them down and how the USSR, alone, should be credited with saving Europe from Nazi Germany. Bukharin and Deborin rationalize soviet tactics through denouncing a political opponent and condemning capitalistic allies.
Bukharin’s “Down With Factionalism!” explains and justifies his libelous attacks on Leon Trotsky and asserts the protection of Lenin’s principles. Bukharin criticizes Trotsky’s calm and nonchalant attitude towards the idea of factions in Lenin’s unified communist party. Nikolai expresses his and Lenin’s anger that Trotsky, a member of the Central Committee, would put forward a different initiative after the committee had just agreed upon a proposal. He explains that Trotsky’s plan attacks the Central Committee and defies Lenin’s principle of following the chosen course of action. In addition, Bukharin believes that Trotsky’s resolution disables the Central Committee’s agenda and presents them with an unnecessary roadblock. Cunningly, Nikolai mocks and belittles the Mensheviks, whom Trotsky was a former member of, calling them “softies” and cites how the Bolsheviks crushed them. Bukharin proclaims that his party “has never been, and, we hope, will never be, a federation of splinters, groups and tendencies negotiating with each...
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