The Red Terror In russia Sergey Petrovich Melgounov Edward Harle Limited

9781899798063: The Red Terror In russia Sergey Petrovich Melgounov Edward Harle Limited

KRASNYI TERROR" (the Red Ter­ror) is an official title which has been used more than once by the Communist regime in Russia even in its administrative documents. The declaration of the Red Terror, appearing at that time or at other times during the past decade, was an indication of the ruthless and law­less methods used by the Bolshevist power to settle its accounts with its political ene­mies; it meant, to quote the words of an official document of 1918, "the annihila­tion of the idealists and leaders of the ene­mies of the proletariat." As a principle, the question was somewhat wider in scope. "We are not making war on individuals," wrote Latsis, one of the chief practical cre­ators of this Red Terror; "we are ex­terminating the bourgeoisie, as a class." The ideologists or theoreticians of Communism, however, showed no logic or con­sistency in justifying the resolution to adopt the system of governmental terrorism. More than once the Communist lead­ers tried subsequently to depict the Red Terror as an inevitable consequence of the excitement of the popular masses due to the attacks made upon the representatives of the Soviet power by the so-called "coun­ter-revolutionaries," the sabotage of the in­telligentsia in the first year following the seizure of power by the Bolsheviki and the armed struggle carried on against them.

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