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  Wrecking (Soviet crime) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wrecking (Russian: вредительство or vreditel'stvo), was a crime specified in the criminal code of the Soviet Union in the Stalin era.
It is often translated as "sabotage"; however "wrecking" and "diversionist acts" and "counter-revolutionary sabotage" were distinct sub-articles of Article 58 (RSFSR Penal Code) (58-7, 58-9, and 58-14 respectively), and the meaning of "wrecking" is closer to "undermining".
As applied in practice, "wrecking" and "sabotage" could refer to any actions which could be broadly construed to negatively impact the economy in some way, including failing to meet economic targets, causing poor morale among subordinates, lack of effort, or alleged or real incompetence.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wrecking_(Soviet_crime)   (271 words)

 The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)
We are told, for example, by 1930 more than half the "engineers" in the soviet union had no proper training.This indicates a central tendency of Stalinism, and of Stalin's mind.He seems to have believed, or to have instinctively felt, that the professionally qualified could easily be replaced by fresh cadres of sounder political loyalties.
Rapoport and Alexeev report that 620 general officers of the RKKA and 31 flag officers of the Soviet Navy died in the repressions between 1935 and 1940.
The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine.
www.artukraine.com /famineart/stvictims.htm   (3217 words)

 MAR | Data | Chronology for Ingush in Russia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A series of rallies are held throughout Chechen-Ingushetia to protest the failure of the region's Supreme Soviet to clarify certain issues, notably the republic's sovereignty status.
The Soviet media reports that returning Chechen and Ingush deportees from Kazakhstan are provoking tensions with ethnic Russians in an effort to force Slavs to leave the republic.
The population of the District made an address to the Russian and Chechen presidents, saying that such crimes had political implications and were aimed at destabilizing the situation in the District and disrupting Russo- Chechen relations.
www.cidcm.umd.edu /inscr/mar/chronology.asp?groupId=36528   (16083 words)

 Harpal Bral | Anniversary of the Victory against Fascism | 1995
Although the Soviet Union would have dearly loved to have been left alone in peace and continue the task of socialist construction, her leadership was well aware of the dangers, of the fact that imperialism would drag her into the war.
The third reason for Soviet victory was that they were led by such a revolutionary proletarian party as the CPSU, whose leadership as well as lower ranks were characterised by an unreserved spirit of dedication to the cause of the proletariat, and a self-sacrificing heroism, and commanded the respect of non-party masses.
Soviet troops were compelled by the extremely difficult military situation to retreat into the interior with substantial losses in men and material.
www.katardat.org /Stalin/EN/text/essays/lalkar1995.html   (13099 words)

 Scoop: William Rivers Pitt: Bush's Soviet State
Toward the end of the Soviet regime, their government was often forced to grossly overstate the size of grain harvests or the preparedness of their military in order to maintain an illusion of strength and order.
The old Soviet government lived in a bubble, free from the fear that they might be called to the carpet for lying, getting a lot of people killed and putting the State in mortal danger.
We watched the Soviets smash themselves to pieces because they refused to deal with what ailed them, because lies made life easier on the powerful, because actually attempting to address a problem might expose the powerful to censure or even removal, because no one had the power to stop them.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/HL0507/S00314.htm   (2011 words)

 Modern History Sourcebook: Stalin's Purges, 1935
The exposed members of this organization were sentenced by the Military Collegium of the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. to the supreme penalty - to be shot.
To such depths of duplicity and villainy had these people sunk that Zinoviev, who was one of the organizers and instigators of the assassination of S. Kirov, and who had urged the murderer to hasten the crime, wrote an obituary of Kirov speaking of him in terms of eulogy, and demanded that it be published.
The main lesson which the Party organizations had to draw from the trials of the persons implicated in the foul murder of S. Kirov was that they must put an end to their own political blindness and political heedlessness, and must increase their vigilance and the vigilance of all Party members....
www.fordham.edu /halsall/mod/1936purges.html   (1004 words)

 Freeindiamedia.com, Express your impartial, radical, grassroot views on current issues.
Khrushchevite, Cold-War anti-communist, and Trotskyist paradigms of Soviet history are similar in their dependence on a virtual demonization of Stalin, his leadership, and the USSR during his time.
The new "Stalin" Constitution guaranteed every Soviet citizen a job as a right, along with medical care, pensions, education, etc. But these men (virtually all were men) were used to power and privilege, all of which was threatened by defeat of their candidates at the polls.
As documents from the Soviet archives make clear, Stalin and other top Soviet leaders were convinced that the conspiracies existed, and the charges at the Moscow Trials, plus those against the military leaders, were, at least in large part, accurate.
www.freeindiamedia.com /guest_column/25_apr_05_guest_column.htm   (12381 words)

 The Limerick soviet of 1919   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The strike that was to become the Limerick Soviet was precipaitated by the shooting dead of Robert Byrne a republican and Trade Unionist.
To ensure this the soviet gave permission for the unloading of 7,000 tonnes of Canadian grain at the docks.
In all the soviet was remarkable effective in feeding and regulating the 38,000 citizens of Limerick.
flag.blackened.net /revolt/talks/limerick.html   (2843 words)

 The Case of Bukharin - Last Plea, Evening Session March 12   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This trial, which is the concluding one of a series of trials, has exposed all the crimes and the treasonable activities, it has expaced the historical significance arid the roots of our struggle against the Party and the Soviet government.
In Court I admitted and still admit my guilt in respect to the crimes which I committed and of which I was accused by Citizen the State Prosecutor at the end of the Court investigation and on the basis of the materials of the investigation in the possession of the Procurator.
The monstrousness of my crimes is immeasurable especially in the new stage of the struggle of the U.S.S.R. May this trial be the last severe lesson, and may the great might of the U.S.S.R. become clear to all.
www.marxists.org /archive/bukharin/works/1938/trial/3.htm   (4849 words)

 Review of David R. Stone. Hammer and Rifle: The Militarization of the Soviet Union 1926-1933.
Hammer and Rifle: The Militarization of the Soviet Union 1926-1933.
By 1933, Stone argues, the Soviet military had emerged as a political lobby strong enough to demand a vastly disproportionate share of scarce resources.
While much of the Soviet air force was indeed obsolescent at the outbreak of the war, the tanks produced in the mid-1930s--the T-26 and the BT series--were in fact qualitatively as good as the majority of the tanks fielded by German armoured formations in 1941.
www.ess.uwe.ac.uk /GENOCIDE/reviewsw129.htm   (866 words)

 Definition of Democide (Genocide and Mass Murder)
For the Soviet and Vietnamese communists, government (or party) agencies would order subordinate units to kill a certain number of "enemies of the people," "rightists," or "tyrants," and the precise application of the order was left to the units involved.
Although we use murder metaphorically, as in someone "murdering" the language, it is not the crime of murder to hurt someone psychological, to steal their child, or to rob them of their culture.
Judicial executions for "crimes" internationally considered trivial or non-capital, as of peasants picking up grain at the edge of a collective's fields, of a worker for telling an anti-government joke, or of an engineer for a miscalculation, are also democide.
www.hawaii.edu /powerkills/DBG.CHAP2.HTM   (3388 words)

 TIME.com: Crime & Communism -- Aug. 5, 1966 -- Page 1
Crimes against "socialist property" cover all acts in which the state is the victim-anything from fl-marketeering to wrecking a state-owned truck.
In 1961 and 1962, the Soviet Union revived the death penalty for economic crimes, and roughly 200 offenders have since been sentenced to death.
From now on, the fact that a man is drunk when he commits a crime is to be considered an aggravating rather than an extenuating circumstance.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,836156,00.html   (774 words)

 US, EU Won’t Recognize Gov’t Including Hamas : Indybay
This was to protest the Soviet policy of restricting emigration to Israel.
On the same evening as the synagogue attack, the FANE headquarters were wrecked and the Librairie française bookstore on the rue de l'Abbé-Grégoire street in Paris was the target of a new arson attempt.
A police officer on patrol near the Soviet Mission to the United Nations observed a pipe bomb protruding from the gas tank of a vehicle belonging to the mission.
www.indybay.org /newsitems/2006/01/23/17974271.php   (13362 words)

 Cuba's Terrorist Connection
In El Salvador, meanwhile, Cuban-supported guerrillas and terrorists attempted to wreck the March 20,1988, legislative and mayoral elections with the bomb and the bullet, just as they had six years earlier when Salvadorans went to the polls in that country's first free election.
Soviet and Cuban officers labor together in terrorist training camps in cooperation with other Soviet bloc states.
They would also serve as liaison officers between DGI and the Soviet intelligence service For under terms of the agreement, the operations of the DGI would thereafter be more closely coordinated with those of the KGB.
www.heritage.org /Research/LatinAmerica/bg655.cfm   (3846 words)

 Eqbal Ahmed Interview
There is a second thing they did: while wrecking the economy they also tried to turn the clock back on the achievements of the 1950s and the 1960s.
Once the war is over, the Soviets have been defeated, America has taken its profits, but the drugs are still with us.
Tajikistan was the only Soviet province where the CIA and the mujahideen group led by Hikmetyar had been able to fully infiltrate.
www.zmag.org /zmag/articles/Barahmeint.htm   (4517 words)

 Real Truth about Russia (1933) By Gareth Jones
They were accused of willfully wrecking the Soviet electrical industry and of plotting against the Soviet Government.
It was a plain, simple statement in a lower corner of the paper to the effect that the Ogpu had discovered a wrecking organisation in the electrical industry, in which were involved six employees of Metropolitan-Vickers.
Here was first-class man, trusted by all, the representative of one of Britain’s greatest firms a man who spoke with sympathy of the courage and energy of the Soviet planners, being accused of a fantastic crime.
colley.co.uk /garethjones/soviet_articles/real_truth.htm   (1285 words)

 Wrecker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wrecking (shipwreck) is the practice of taking valuables from a shipwreck which has foundered near or close to shore
Wrecking amendment is made by a legislator who disagrees with the principles of a Bill and who seek to make it useless
Receiver of Wreck is an official of the British government
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wrecking   (208 words)

 Baffling phases of history
America's supreme enemy was the fascist Axis: Germany, Japan and Italy -- while the Soviet Union was a noble ally.
No experts foresaw that the Soviet Union was about to collapse, eliminating one side of the international duel.
Just as unexpectedly, a new stage of history arrived, with Muslim suicide fanatics becoming America's supreme enemy and religio-ethnic conflict wrecking Lebanon, Yugoslavia, Sudan, Algeria, etc. Although "holy war" zealotry and ethnic ferment had smoldered here and there for centuries, few experts foresaw that they would erupt as the all-consuming menace of the 21st century.
personal.cfw.com /~haught/phases.htm   (534 words)

 O.G.P.U.'s Blow to Trade (1933) By Gareth Jones
Its officials left the Soviet Foreign Office in the dark and sprang the trumped-up charges upon an astonished Soviet public.
According to the Bolsheviks, the capitalists are ever plotting the overthrow of the Soviet Union and send swarms of spies to Russia.
The wrecking of machines has been a frequent crime both in Tsarist and Bolshevik Russia.
colley.co.uk /garethjones/soviet_articles/blow_to_trade.htm   (1006 words)

 Stalin, New Book - Johnson's Russia List 6-29-03
Soviet patriots must purge their own souls of "thoughtlessness," of the laxity that allows Jewish-bourgeois-imperialist plots to penetrate into the midst of the motherland.
Brent is the founder of Yale University's "Annals of Communism" series, which, since the Soviet demise, has made use of the newly opened archives to document the 74-year (1917-1991) experiment in constructing a socialist utopia on earth.
This book is an invaluable addition to the literature of the most extraordinary misadventure of the 20th Century, the gigantic Soviet attempt to engineer the human future.
www.cdi.org /russia/johnson/7244-11.cfm   (1694 words)

 Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Inciting Antisemitism
With the fall of Soviet power in Russia, state level anti-Semitism supposedly ceased to exist, and open, blatant anti-Semitism which lacked the Soviet hypocrisy, came to take its place.
There are several reasons for such a situation, and not last among them is the insufficient level of education of the judges and staff at the prosecutor’s office, The result of their upbringing in the atmosphere of Soviet anti-Zionist propaganda and the presence among them of persons with national-patriotic and national-socialist orientation.
In his article, Lyukaitis says that the procedural instructions of the prosecutor’s office for investigation of cases under article 282 CC RF was conducive to wrecking the case.
www.fsumonitor.com /stories/120799rnws.shtml   (2292 words)

 Correspondence of Stalin with Mao Zedong
From the end of 1945, in the USA a series of plans were under consideration for attacking the Soviet Union with the use of atom bombs, the sole possessor of which was the United States.
Fu Bin Chang and conveyed to him the reply of the Soviet Government in which it was noted that the Soviet Government invariably adheres to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, does not consider it expedient to take upon itself the mediation which is mentioned in the memorandum.
This requested the Soviet Government to settle the dispute between the KMT and the CPC, to bring an end to the civil war...
www.revolutionarydemocracy.org /Rdv3n2/maostal.htm   (4242 words)

 Did Timothy McVeigh Have The Right Idea? - Liz Michael
This is Solzhenitsyn's massive indictment of the former Soviet Union's system of justice as told from the author's personal experiences and from the oral and written accounts of survivors and others familiar with many of the incidents related in the book.
Stalin's system, born under Lenin, resulted in the deaths of millions of patriotic Soviet citizens, many of them loyal Communists and earlier supporters of Lenin, and many of whom were directly involved in the events leading to the overthrow of the tsarist regime.
It was Article 58 of the broad-sweeping Soviet Criminal Code that resulted in the execution or imprisonment of the millions whom Stalin called counterrevolutionaries.
www.lizmichael.com /mcveigh.htm   (5021 words)

 Policy Review, November-December, 1997 -- The Moral Basis of a Free Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
An explosion of violence, crime, drug abuse, sexual promiscuity, and out-of-wedlock births undermines the blessings of liberty and prosperity.
The people of the former Soviet Union are discovering this the hard way, in a tragic drama we have been tracking with great interest and concern at Forbes magazine.
The people of the former Soviet Union are discovering that a free, self-governing society is nearly impossible without a moral foundation.
www.policyreview.org /nov97/moral.html   (7244 words)

 Seeing Russia plain: the Russian crisis and American intelligence - includes related article on Harvard University's ...
The Soviet system collapsed because a large portion of the nomenklatura, those with hands directly on state property, deserted the CPSU and the Soviet state to pursue business interests and nationalist political agendas.
As a result, the post-Soviet scene in Russia is dominated by the people, relationships and habits of the late Soviet era, particularly in the nexus of property and power.
Relatedly, the process left the Russian Communist Party, the only real party on the scene, an assembly of angry losers: a Soviet-style intelligentsia at the top, and a vast population of pensioners and pensioner-like workers at the bottom who were not in a position to seize property in the name of the market.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2751/is_55/ai_54336461   (866 words)

 The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Realism and Thermonuclear Paranoia
It is as if some overwhelming fear precludes a discussion of alternatives: "massive retaliationists" seem allergic to consideration of what might happen if they should be wrong, and disarmament advocates refuse to discuss the matter entirely.
Rather it is that the Soviet Union is reluctant" (sic) "to give up its East German puppet, its springboard for wrecking NATO and for the eventual domination of all of Germany.
Kissinger does not rule out a neutralized Germany, but his definition of acceptability is tantamount to the same un- Soviet Society," so often invoked as the inevitable outcome of history and the prelude to peace.
www.thecrimson.com /article.aspx?ref=499676   (1812 words)

 Peaceful Coexistence . . . Diametrically Opposed Policies
It was only when the imperialists and reactionaries made armed provocations or launched aggressive wars against the Soviet Union that she had to wage the Great Patriotic War and to fight back in self-defence.
Gromyko, Speech at the Session of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, December 13, 1962.
The Soviet press claimed that once the heads of the Soviet Union and the United States sat at the same table, history would arrive at a "new turning point", and that a handshake between the two "great men" would usher in a "new era" in international relations.
www.marx2mao.com /Other/PC63.html   (10649 words)

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