“In their public narrative, the Communist nostalgic in the Republic of Moldova fully ignore the principle of cause and effect. This way, it turned out that nostalgia is a serious disease that affects not only individuals, but also groups of individuals who plead for the restoration not only of the USSR, but also for its Stalinist version. However, the sincerity of the PCRM convinced us that all the other leaders of the USSR, except Stalin, were careerists, swindlers or simply enemies of the people. Evidently, no country can survive with such leaders...”
Three alcoholics on ruins of USSR...
On December 8, 2022 the MPs of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) staged a press briefing to commemorate the Day of betrayal – the signing on December 8, 1991 of the Agreement on the establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In his speech, the leader of the PCRM Vladimir Voronin said that: “the most tragic crime against humanity in the history of mankind, civilization, since the people have existed on Earth, was committed on December 8, 1991. On that day, a document that destroyed our great country – the Soviet Union - was signed in the Białowieża Forest by three alcoholics”.
The given statement made by the leader of the PCRM represents the concentrated expression of nostalgia for the late USSR. Overwhelmed by emotions, aiming his anger at the alcoholics who destroyed the Communist paradise, Vladimir Voronin mixed up the order of events, ignoring the principle of cause and effect. To be succinct, the Communist leader jumbled it badly. He said that after the alcoholics committed the barbarous crime, they staged a union referendum on the keeping of the USSR. Stop! Here is the evidence that nostalgia can cause serious dysfunctions. The truth is the referendum to which the Communist leader makes reference was held on March 17, 1991, which is nine months before the signing of the Agreement in the Białowieża Forest. The question in the referendum was as follows: “Do you consider it necessary to preserve the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as a renewed federation of equal sovereign republics in which the rights and freedoms of a person of any nationality will be fully ensured?”
Out of respect for the gray hair of the Communist leader, we could have ignored the given incident. The 80-year-old persons can experience such fails and can mix up the order of events etc. The problem is all the Communist MPs who took part in that press briefing, including those who reached competence after the dissolution of the USSR, agreed with the leader of the PCRM. And this is serious and means that nostalgia destroys the cognitive capacities not only of individuals, but also of groups of individuals. But things can be much more serious. It can be so that the party mates of Voronin noticed that their leader mixed things up, but none of them had the courage to help him overcome the embarrassing situation in which he found himself. There was no one who could do this. The brain of the PCRM Oleg Reidman had his eyes turned to the ground while Voronin was speaking. Constantin Starysh gave a mysterious smile when he heard about the alcoholics and that’s all. No reaction followed. This is how the principle of communist democratic centralism manifests itself, amplified by the gerontocratic style of party management – no one dares to correct the infallible leader.
Diagnosis: USSR succumbed owing to its traitor, con and injudicious leaders...
To bring again things in order, we should remind that in 1990 already, all the Soviet republics, except for Armenia, declared their sovereignty. The Baltic States declared their sovereignty in 1988-1989, being followed by Georgia, in May 1990. The Russian Federation was the fourth Union republic that declared its sovereignty, on June 12, 1990. The other Union republics followed the example of Russia the same year in the following order: Uzbek, Moldovan, Ukrainian, Belarus, Turkmen, Tajik, Kazak, Kyrgyz. That’s why the referendum of March 17, 1991 was aimed at the restoration of a renewed federation of equal sovereign republics.
The putsch of August 1991 staged by Orthodox Communists was designed to thwart the preparations for the signing of the agreement on the constitution of a new federation – the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics. That putsch triggered the process of declaring the independence of the Soviet republics. Towards December 8, 1991, independence from the USSR had been declared by 14 Union republics, except for Kazakhstan. The Baltic States declared their independence back in 1990, while another 11 Union republics did this gradually, starting with August 24, 1991. That’s why on December 8, 1991, the three alcoholics – the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus – signed only a document ascertaining the dissolution of the USSR.
Surely, the document signed on December 8, 1991 was called the Agreement on the establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The preamble to the agreement said: “We, the Republic of Belarus, the Russian Federation (RSFSR), Ukraine, as founding states of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics that signed the Union Treaty in 1922, further named as the High Contracting Parties, declare that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, as international law subject and geopolitical reality, ceased to exist”. After ascertaining the disappearance of the USSR, the High Contracting Parties in Article 1 of the given document announced their intention to establish the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
The highpoint is that the PCRM nostalgic confirmed they realized that the USSR was doomed to failure. This is what they said about this: “The Soviet Union was destroyed successively after the death of Stalin. Trotskyist Khrushchev issued decrees that closed construction projects of national importance whose necessity continues to be topical. Former combiner Mikhail Gorbachev completed the process of destroying socialism. Between the two “managers” there is a long row of representatives of party bureaucracy, opportunists, careerists, ghosts with party cards who, by conjuncturist behavior or by swindles, aspired to come to power, often achieving their own selfish goals”. So, the nostalgic Communists are actually supporters of Stalinism. According to them, all the successors of Stalin as leaders of the USSR should be destroyed, as their idol did with respect to the whole Bolshevik elite. Respectively, it’s clear that the USSR could exist only as a totalitarian regime under the management of a dictator, such as Stalin. It was empirically agreed that all the Soviet leaders were either ruthless dictators or enemies of the people or swindlers and stupid persons. A state cannot exist long with such leaders.
About Day of betrayal...
In the aforementioned circumstances, the key question is, what do the nostalgic Communists intend to do in the future? Or, what should be done? As usual, an answer is provided by the leader of the PCRM, Vladimir Voronin: “We created a new-type party that, even if it is pressed by the Bourgeois reaction, is able to restore the Communist values and accomplishments of our parents and grandparents by blood and sweat”. The first stage of this plan is probably being implemented through the project For a new life, alongside the Shor Party and the National Salvation Committee.
If this is so, then the PCRM’s plan can be successful. Evidently, if Voronin does not mix up the succession of causes and effects, as it happened with regard to the dismemberment of the USSR and the referendum on the conservation of this. There are yet indicators that things are yet confusing. The point is the Communist leader continues to mix up the causes and effects, for example, in the process of identifying the traitors and in the case of the Day of betrayal. This is not banality and this can undermine the international solidarity of the Communists as the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) Gennady Zyuganov, with this party being the main force in the Union of Communist Parties of the former Soviet Union (UCP-CPSU), considers that the Day of betrayal is June 12, 1990, when the Russian Federation declared its sovereignty, not the day of December 8, 1991. This opinion is shared by the mates of the parliamentary group of the PCRM, the representatives of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova, who consider this “The day of adoption of the Declaration of state sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) is the day a part of Russia separated itself from the Greater Russia, which is the Soviet Union”.
So, the revolutionary élan of the PCRM, the great ideals for which Vladimir Voronin and his mates have pleaded are ready to give blood and sweat and are neither here nor there owing to the lack of the unity of ideas. The preparations for celebrating the centenary of the USSR on December 24 this year are an additional proof of this. Initially, it seemed that the UCP-PCSU agreed to be making every effort, without compromises, to restore the USSR. In fact, it turned out that it was unable to at least obtain the official declaring of 2022 as the year of the centenary of the USSR so as to have access to the official media of Russia. Currently, when it is only two weeks before the centenary, it is not clear if at least the automobile racing devoted to the USSR will be held. It’s not clear if the PCRM will take part in this rally for reasons of Communist solidarity, alongside the other parties of the UCP-CPSU. Also, there is no clarity as to the cars that will form part of the processions of the rally – will they be of Soviet, Russian or foreign make? It would be curious if the rally to commemorate the USSR is staged with such cars as Lada Granta or even Aurus. Why not? We would see how far they can go...
In their public narrative, the Communist nostalgic in the Republic of Moldova fully ignore the principle of cause and effect. This way, it turned out that nostalgia is a serious disease that affects not only individuals, but also groups of individuals who plead for the restoration not only of the USSR, but also for its Stalinist version. However, the sincerity of the PCRM convinced us that all the other leaders of the USSR, except Stalin, were careerists, swindlers or simply enemies of the people. Evidently, no country can survive with such leaders.
The Communist propagandists paid yet the last leader of the USSR, combiner Mikhail Gorbachev, a compliment. It turned out that the latter was right when he launched the anti-alcohol campaign in the USSR. If they had managed to, the three alcoholics wouldn’t have signed the Białowieża Agreement on December 8, 1991. A dilemma appears here, what is better: to fight for the restoration of the USSR or against alcoholism? It is not a trivial question. It can be stressful for the PCRM.
Judging by the trenchant approach of the nostalgic Communists against the Day of betrayal, the Republic of Moldova should urgently leave the CIS, which is nothing but the surrogate of the USSR. It is dishonoring for a European country to form part of a community constituted on the Day of betrayal and owing to this. If it is coherent, the PCRM should support such an initiative.