The Fallacy Of Demonizing Russia

Tyler Durden's picture

Today’s demonization of Russia is especially offensive when viewed against the suffering of the Russian people that Natylie Baldwin recalled in a visit to the monument honoring the defense of Leningrad against a brutal Nazi siege.

Authored by Natylie Baldwin via ConsortiumNews.com,

We entered the monument to the siege of Leningrad from the back. There is a large semi-circle with eternal flame torches at intervals and embedded sculptures of Lenin’s face, and other symbols of the Soviet era. The monument was built in the post-war period so the Soviet iconography is understandable. In the middle is a sculpture of a soldier, a half-naked woman looking forlorn into the distance, and another woman collapsed on the ground with a dead boy in her arms.

A sculpture commemorating the defense of Leningrad during World War II. (photo courtesy of saint-petersburg.com.)

There are several concentric steps that follow the semi-circle and I sat down on one of them and took in the feel of the area. Classical style music played in the background with a woman’s haunting voice singing in Russian. It was explained to me that it was a semi-circle instead of a full-circle to represent the fact the city was not completely surrounded and ultimately not defeated.

I finally got up and went through the opening in the semi-circle and came out to the front where a tall column with 1941 and 1945 on it stood with a large statue of two soldiers in front of it.

There are several statues on either side of the front part of the monument of figures, from soldiers to civilians, who labored to assist in alleviating the suffering of the siege and defending the city. Soldiers and civilians helped to put out fires, retrieve un-exploded ordnance from buildings, repair damage, and built the road of life over a frozen body of water to evacuate civilians and transport supplies.

The siege lasted 872 days (Sept. 8, 1941, to Jan. 27, 1944), resulting in an estimated 1.2 million deaths, mostly from starvation and freezing, and some from bombing and illness. Most were buried in mass graves, the largest of which was Piskarevskoye Cemetery, which received around 500,000 bodies. An accurate accounting of deaths is complicated by the fact that many unregistered refugees had fled to Leningrad before the siege to escape the advancing Nazi army.

According to Wikipedia, by the end of the siege: “Only 700,000 people were left alive of a 3.5 million pre-war population. Among them were soldiers, workers, surviving children and women. Of the 700,000 survivors, about 300,000 were soldiers who came from other parts of the country to help in the besieged city.”

We decided to go into the small museum attached to the Monument, which consisted of one large room. As you walk in after paying for your ticket, you see a series of glass cases that each contain artifacts from the siege with explanatory panels in both Russian and English.

My Russian friend Mike and I noted the Soviet propaganda-style language used in the panels. He said that if the museum had been done today, the language would be different. In any event, the basic information was readily understandable, if one ignored the glory-to-the-Soviet style wording.

On one wall was a large movie screen on which was projected a constant loop of two films that ran approximately 10 minutes each. One was footage of the siege in general and how it affected the residents and what the soldiers and civilians did to defend against it.

The second film focused on the massive deaths, including era footage of people pulling wrapped up corpses in make-shift sleds through the snow to the nearest mass pit for burial. In the center of the exhibit was a large square sculptured map of the city with the outline of the area that was surrounded by the Germans lit up in red.

The Astoria Hotel, where Hitler planned to celebrate the taking of Leningrad and had even reportedly sent out the invitations, St. Petersburg. (Photo by Natylie Baldwin)

When we emerged from the darkness of the museum and monument, the sun was bright and it was probably one of the warmest days of the year in St. Petersburg. On the walk back to the car, I told Mike that I didn’t think the average American could even begin to fathom this level of suffering. With the exception of a very small percentage of the population sent to fight our myriad and senseless conflicts, war is something that happens to other people somewhere else. It’s an abstraction – or worse yet, fodder for entertainment.

Mike didn’t respond to my verbal stream-of-consciousness. So we continued on in silence. But it all made me ponder how spoiled Americans have been in this respect, with a vast ocean on either side and weak or friendly neighbors to the north and south.

We have not experienced a war on our soil since the 1860’s and have not suffered an invasion since 1812. I can’t help but think that this, along with our youth, goes a long way toward explaining our lack of perspective and humility as a nation. Only those without wisdom would characterize themselves as “exceptional” and “indispensable.”

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serotonindumptruck's picture

One of the most valuable commodities during the Siege of Leningrad was fresh rat meat.

It was mixed in with wood shavings to form a crude, disgusting meat loaf.

Most people have no idea what true starvation is all about.

XqWretch's picture

Sounds like a quote from Red Dawn

Croesus's picture

All sides suffered during and after WW2, an unneccesary war, brought to us by the Chosenites.

peddling-fiction's picture

WW3 was also planned before the CW.

fleur de lis's picture

Yes, all these wars are planned by the same band of psychos who torment us today.

It will be yet another fatal Swamp mistake to underestimate the resolve of the Russian people.

When food supplies were cut down during the seige, the city's inhabitants made do with the cats and dogs.

When they were gone, Leningrad's citizens  ate squirrels and rats.

And when they were gone, the wallpaper all over the city was taken down and boiled because the plaste was made with flour.

But under such ghastly pressure they never cracked.

Looters were shot, schools remained open, dead family members were wrapped and brought out for burial, and to the extent that they could, the people of Leningrad lived as best they could.

Go to youtube and look up how Russian school children learn how to take an AK-47 apart and put it back together again, and learn how to shoot with it.

What are the odds that American children are taught such arts in grammar school.

Russians are fiercely patriotic -- only look up their parades and read the words to some of their folk songs -- for example the songs "Katyusha," "The Hills of Manchuria,'" and "The Sacred War."

"The Sacred War" would never be allowed in America -- it would end up in the Courts.

We are taught social division and violent identitiy politics. 

It is a testament to the monumental stupidity of the Swamp dwellers and ALL their MSM and academic friends and foes alike that they take the Russians for granted.

Our "leaders" are dragging us down the road to perdition.

Our society is being systematically torn apart at the seams and rendered incapable of defense at any level.

The Russians are the least of our problems.

The threat to our existence lives in the DC Swamp.

 

 

 

VW Nerd's picture

Fleur de Lis...well said.

monk27's picture

If TPTB demonize Russia that's because they FEAR it. Probably they realized (despite their stupidity) that it would be the only power who has the means AND the will to kill them all in one-swipe-no-questions-asked, when push comes to shove. Stalin is rumored to have been a very convinced adept of Caligula's saying "Let them hate (me) so long as they fear (me)"...

FoggyWorld's picture

I think your premise is wrong.   Russia would most likely pair up with China and possibly other nations as well and we would be wiped out.

The sad part of this is that Russia has wanted to work with us and at every turn all of our recent Presidents have rejected that concept.   Putin is interesting to watch.   He is more intelligent than any of our recents leaders and to that he is extremely patient but even he is beginning to wonder if there is any hope of finding peaceful solutions with the circus playing 24/7 in Washington, DC.

The only thing we as individuals can do is to pressure our so called representatives and make them understand they will never again get votes from us if they participate in this anti-Russian fable that just may be creating the swan song of the United States.

 

 

 

 

monk27's picture

I never said that the Russians want to do it, just that they'll do it anyway when we'll leave them no other choice. Personally, "as individual" to use your words, I'm done and over with all this crap of playing by the rules, voting for the right guy, or pressuring anybody into anything anymore. Have fun with it yourself... The way I see it, the swan song for the good old Uncle Sam was a long time ago, about the time Kennedy was assassinated. Right now, this country (and its associated society) are just corpses which already started to rot and stink to high Heaven.For the rest of the world, it's a good thing that we are separated from them by two huge oceans... it dilutes the bad odor...

Bay of Pigs's picture

Indeed. Americans are fed a pile of shit when in public schools when it comes to real history. The Russians lost 20 million people in WWII.

Let that number sink in...

NidStyles's picture

A lot of those were killed by the Soviets...

strannick's picture

''Those without wisdom''

What a polite way of putting it.

iamerican4's picture

Albert Pike was a Vatican agent.

strannick's picture

you mean he loved and served the poor?

neidermeyer's picture

Brought to us by the progressives.

serotonindumptruck's picture

I'm a student of history.

I don't quote pathetic and dishonest jooish propaganda as historical fact.

The residents of Leningrad who survived the Siege didn't provide many interviews after WWII was over.

The people who resorted to cannilbalism and who survived by eating the dead were shunned and excommunicated from civil society after the war.

Croesus's picture

Cannibalism was happening in Russia, before WWII ever started, but really kicked into high gear when Stalin killed the kulaks.

Of course, little discussion ever takes place about the Jew-run NKVD, and how many Russian soldiers were given the choice of "go forward, and get shot by Germans, and don't fight and get shot by us".

serotonindumptruck's picture

Not my downvote, Croesus.

Cannibalism has obviously played a significant role throughout the evolution of Homo sapiens.

Every species eventually experiences entropy and begins to consume itself, as that species draws closer towards perceived extinction.

We all enjoy contributing to the academic exercise/debate where we are forced into a survival situation where you either choose to kill your own and resort to cannibalism (or eat the dead), or make the conscious decision to not do this and starve to death.

Anteater's picture

Exactly correct.

 Trump is not in comingled and confkicted private and public-office deals with the Russians.

Trump is in comingled and confkicted private and public-office deals with the former-Soviet Jewish mob that took over Israel after the Iron Curtain fell, then took over the US East Coast. His every private dealing is with those former-Soviet mobsters, but because they pretend to be Jewish, they become invisible to the media, and untouchable to the law.

Trump is the AIDS stage of the former-Soviet mobsters HIV infection of Wall Street business and WADC politics. When you reach full-blown AIDS will be when his Familia stats running the Trump-Kushner Empire out of the White House, and running a -$2.6 TRILLION annualized budget deficit without any accountability, knowing the monies are being looted from SS and MC.

And we know this is true, because Rodham had a stealth +3% SS/MC tax in her budget plan, to refinance the looting under the Bush-Cheney -$4 TRILLION unfunded oil wars, then under the Obama-Biden effort to rebuild pensiin fund equities in the aftermath of Wall Street's second and more brutal coup, after the 2000 Dot.Con neutron bomb.

None of this is ever talked about. All we get is schlock from Condi Rice about the 'Long March to Democracy', aka Working Americans' Trail of Tears. You think when SS and MC collapses, that Mil.Gov.Edu will dig deep into their pensions to repay their theft? 

Most people have no idea what true starvation is all about.

TuPhat's picture

You have no idea how the .gov is actually funded.

strannick's picture

we're listening, Idea Man

Ace006's picture

Cheap shot but funny.

VWAndy's picture

 One of the sophist best tricks.

frank further's picture

"We have not experienced a war on our soil since the 1860’s and have not suffered an invasion since 1812

 

I guess Pearl Harbor never happened?  And all the sabotage by Germans and Japs, tho on our soil, didn't count either.

Ignatius's picture

That you as an American(?) can form an equivalence in your mind between a single surprise attack on Pearl Harbor with the siege of Stalingrad, etc., goes right to the author's point.

frank further's picture

Ok, be semantical.  So all the battles in the Phillipines, a US territory at the time, didn't count either.  All the dead in those mere "battles" take umbrage at your classless remark.

rejected's picture

I think the focus of this post is Russia,,, not the USA. Hawaii and the Philippines were territories. Both were taken by force by the US. One a coup and the other by illegal military action.

Total military/civilian deaths by the US was about 418,500

Total military/civilian deaths by the USSR (Russia) was 24,000,000.

ALL the deaths are something for Mankind to be ashamed of but there is no doubt which nation lost the largest number. The USSR kept the Germans busy by its people dying until the West decided to finally open up a second and third front.

shovelhead's picture

I guess playing footsie with Hitler didn't work out too well for Unkle Joke. Maybe if he was busy building his miltary instead of killing off his Generals, there wouldn't have been a Stalingrad.

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

Where we're headed is going to make Stalin's Russia look like Disneyland.

 

Let's see, if there were no Versailles, there might not have been a Hitler.

 

You're a pretty sharp historian.

Ace006's picture

Staln had the largest force of airborne infantry in the world at the beginnng of WWII. His air force was huge too I believe. 

I don't think Stalin was playing footsie so much as biding his time. I think Suvorov is right about Stalin's aggressive intentions.

francis scott falseflag's picture

All you are doing now is digging your own grave.

 

You better change your moniker and come back without

 

SEMANTICAL.  IT'S NOT A GOOD WORD FOR BLOGGING

revjimbeam's picture

Hawaiis status at the time, for all intents and purposes, was on par with that of the Philippines, a naval base. It didnt achieve statehood until 1959. 

francis scott falseflag's picture

When one says "experience war on our soil" any intelligent person assumes that there is extended

fighting by soldiers on both sides and not just an air assault on a fleet and some sabotage.  

 

The siege of Leningrad lasted 900 days.  That's what it means to "experience war on your soil', dude.

If you don't want to be a laughing stock here, use your brains.

Hongcha's picture

Yes Serotonindumptruck.  At least in Amsterdam they had cat meat.  They called them "roof rabbits."  The cats and dogs in Stalingrad probably got hunted out quickly.

The vulnerabillity of Amerikans in the big cities is akin to a windowless warehouse full of chickens shitting and stepping in each others' shit and breathing each others' air. 

Turn out the lights and lock the doors, slow or stop the conveyor belts of feedstock and Hell commences.

If they woke up to their true condition, their master thought would be to get the fuck out; nothing more and nothing less/

rosiescenario's picture

LA is a prime example of chaos in waiting.....a major quake disrupting the water supply and all hell would break loose. An excellent reason to have a gun, or three.....and a full tank of gas in your car at all times.

Hongcha's picture

More power to you guys who can hit the road - I hope you get on 10 East very early or you will be IN Walking Dead ... not playing it on a video game!

I have 2 infirm elderly to take care of, no option for me to leave this stinking, overburdened hamster cage they call 'Emeryville'.

I own what weapons I can in a 1-BR condo and several K ammo for each - all for social work, no squirrel hunting here.  I will have to dig in and hope my food holds out.

FoggyWorld's picture

You won't be alone if we get hit with an EMP attack.  Everything, including cars, will stop right where they are.

An historian who specializes in the History of War and the History of Technology wrote three books as a series to explain what would happen in the US.   His name is William Forstchen and I can't urge people strongly enough to start reading them now.  I got through the first two books and honestly am having trouble attacking the last book which is entitled _The Final Day_.

The story is based on the reality we would face and even those of us who are older and remember snippets of WW2 need to read this because it would educate us to fight against any sort of future wars.   We no longer are an isolated nation with friendy neighbors.  People without massive military budgets can wipe us out so unless there is a primordal reason for using our military, we are toying with our own final days.

 

 

HalinCA's picture

Get to the Berkeley or Emeryviille marina, steal a motor boat, and motor to Sacto or Stockton ... 

Hongcha's picture

Maybe I should buy a small motor boat - I live a 5-minute walk from Trader Vic's !  Docking fee is through the roof though and there is a long waiting list.  Hmmm.

HalinCA's picture

Ahhh .. Trader Vic's ... good memories when it still was on Cosmos Place ... fond memories of the Captain's Cabin ... 

Just be sly  .. get to know people who have boats there ... find out where they live and what they do ... odds are many of them will be a damn sight farther away from the marina than you are and you can 'prep their boat' for them if times get bad ...  

;-)

 

Ace006's picture

That sounds like the opening to a great apocalyptical novel.

No offense intended.

rosiescenario's picture

....and just the other day some political pundit on Fox was telling the audience that the U.S. had never been allied with Russia.....we have some really terrific experts spouting their idiocy. The Fox commentator did not even bother to point out that during WWII we were allies.

peddling-fiction's picture

Russian Tsar Alexander II may have helped save the Union during the Civil War.

Falling Down's picture

+1

...and he didn't trust the bankers, who were tryting to dig their fangs deeper into the U.S., while our own Civil War raged.

fleur de lis's picture

During the Civil War Pres. Lincoln knew that America was vulnerable to foreign iintrusion. so he requested help from the Tsar.

The Tsar sent his Black Sea Fleet to guard the Altantic coast -- they docked in New York Harbor,  and the Vladivostok Fleet to guard the Pacific coast, -- they docked i San Francisco.

http://www.larouchepub.com/eiw/public/2013/eirv40n38-20130927/36-37_4038...

It was made it abundantly clear that any opportunists would be blasted to splinters.

The filthy Rothschild and their various central bankers intended to use all the confusion to set up a central bank.

They never forgave the Romanov for blocking their chances, and took revernge years later.

The spawn of the same vermin who destroyed the Russia and Romanovs are infesting the DC Swamp.

 

 

 

 

Falling Down's picture

They're pulling down Confederate statues in New Orleans. Ignorance of history knows no bounds, in today's Amerika.

It's like Orwell's 1984.