Pravda the paper started by Lenin in 1912 from St. Peterburg, played a vital role in the revolutionary struggle of Bolsheviks, during their fight against not only the Czars but also against the Menshiviks, and all sorts of revisionist and anti-Marxist tendencies. After the victory of the Great October Socialist Revolution it played a very important role in Stalin’s fight against Trotskyists and all other such anti-Marxist revisionists.
The following report by correspondent of the journal Revolutionary Democracy, tells us about the commemoration event that was held in Moscow.
From Mayday to May 9th, which marks the great victory over Nazi Germany , the great celebrations took place in Soviet Union . They continue in capitalist Russia. This year the centenary of Pravda was commemorated in style on the 5th of May. A correspondent of Revolutionary Democracy was a participant of the occasion. A film was shown on the history of Pravda from 1912 when Lenin started the paper, the role it played in the Russian revolutions, the building up of industry, collectivisation and the victory in the war against Hitler, which revealed the links of each phase of the Soviet revolution and the newspaper.
Issues of Pravda were shown giving the photographs of Lenin and Stalin. Both Yeltsin and Gorbachev had tried to close it down. But on this occasion the President of the Russian Federation, Dimitri Medvedyev, sent a message of congratulations. Amongst some of the audience it was considered an unfortunate intervention.
An introductory speech was given by Gennadi Zhuganov, the leader of the rightist Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Representatives of New Age and People’s Democracy were present. They and others took part in a two day seminar on the role of newspapers in the communist movement. A wonderful programme of Soviet songs and music was given by the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Ministry of the Interior and the superb People’s Artists of Russia, which will long be remembered. The entire audience stood up spontaneously when the song ‘Holy War’ was being sung; it had been written on the occasion of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union and continues to inspire the Soviet communists today.. The Partisan songs of the fight against Mussolini, particularly Bella Ciao, were also sung.
The audience was transported back to the Soviet Union as they also sang the revolutionary songs of their youth. The event was held in the House of the Trade Unions, in the Hall of the Columns where many of the great Soviet historical events had taken place. There the traitors to the USSR such as Bukharin and others were tried in the 1930s, there also Comrades Dimitrov and Stalin were laid in state. In the winters, the participants of the event recalled, how they had come into this very hall for the children’s programmes. While people remembered Lenin and even Stalin no one mentioned Khrushchev and Brezhnev who started the rot that led to the fall of socialism and the USSR. This participant was troubled by the history of revisionism that Pravda had participated in after 1953 which had destroyed the great Soviet Union which had been built up by Lenin and Stalin which was and is a source of great inspiration for the communists, and the working class and working peoples of the world. Long live the memory of the Pravda of Lenin and Stalin and the CPSU (b)!