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( Alexander Solzhenitsyn, "Gulag Archipelago" ) top of page

Alexander Solzhenitsyn is the "father of democray" in Russia. In one of his books, the first volume of "Gulag
Archipelago," he wrote about how the communists in Russia, who consisted of only the Jews and a tiny minority of Russian criminals, amoral opportunists, and welfare rabble were able to maintain their grip on all of Russia by keeping the Russian majority, which hated them, too frightened to resist.

Solzhenitsyn writes of the period in 1934 and 1935, when the Jewish commissar Genrikh Yagoda headed
the Soviet secret police, and Yagoda's black vans went out every night in St. Petersburg, known then as
Leningrad, to round up "class enemies": former members of the aristocracy, former civil servants, former
businessmen, former teachers and professors and professional people, any Russian -- any real Russian --
who had graduated from a university. A quarter of the population of the city was arrested and liquidated
by Yagoda during this two-year period.

And Solzhenitsyn laments that the citizens of St. Petersburg cowered behind their doors when the black
vans pulled up at their apartment houses night after night to arrest their neighbors. If only the decent
Russians had fought back, Solzhenitsyn says, if only they had ambushed some of these secret police thugs
in the hallways of their apartments with knives and pickaxes and hammers, if only they had spiked the
tires of the police vans while the thugs were in the apartments dragging out their victims, they could
easily have overwhelmed Yagoda's forces and forced an end to the mass arrests. But they didn't fight
back, and the arrests and liquidations continued. And so, Solzhenitsyn concludes, because of their
cowardice and their selfishness the Russians deserved what the communists did to them.
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