Lenin. Boris Aleksandrovich Uspensky, 1967.
The reason for the USSR’s collapse lies in the rejection of socialism and the movement towards communism, not in both Lenin’s and the Bolsheviks’ ethnic policies, said Alexander Buzgalin, Doctor of Economics, Professor at Moscow State University, Department of Finance and Credit in an interview to a Rossa Primavera News Agency correspondent on April 22.
“Everything began to die when the rejection began of the communist movement, of social creative development, of enthusiasm, of solidarity. As enthusiasm and solidarity were being replaced by petty bourgeois conformism, bureaucracy rose, apathy rose, and nationalism inevitably emerges on that basis. Therefore, the rejection of socialism led to the USSR’s breakup, not vice versa!” Buzgalin said.
The Professor noted that he Bolsheviks’ ethnic policies, the foundations of which were laid by Lenin, successfully passed the test of strength during the Great Patriotic War: “When people from remote mountain villages defended Moscow, I’m sorry, but of what was Moscow to them? But they defended it heroically! How many heroes of the Soviet Union were from Central Asia, Tartary, the Caucasus, and so on?”
In addition, Buzgalin gave the reason that, in his opinion, actually deepened tensions around ethnic issues in the country, “On the question who planted the bomb, the Russian Empire was the first to lay it. Because it was the Empire that dissolved! Independent states primarily arose as a result of the crisis of the Russian Empire.”
In 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the reason for the collapse of the USSR was Lenin’s policies on the ethnic question, which Putin compared to an atomic bomb planted under Russia.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency