After celebrating the birthday of the invincible and legendary Red Army, on February 24, President Putin announced a military-political operation to protect Donbass, fight against Nazism and fascism, which took root in native Ukraine. We believe that this operation is justified. We understand everything, and we have always supported and will continue to support those who defend the freedom and independence of our Motherland.
But, I want to remind you that in the last century, two world crises of capitalism ended in two world wars. The Great October and the ingenious Leninist-Stalinist modernization pulled the planet out of the First World War, and our Great Victory in May 1945 from the Second World War. Then we laid 27 million lives of the best sons and daughters of our Motherland on the altar of the fight against fascism.
Then the Soviet country, during the reign of Brezhnev and Kosygin, created a nuclear-missile parity that curbed the aggressive appetite of the Anglo-Saxons and Americans.
After the surrender of all Soviet conquests in 1991 to the vile, disgusting team of Gorbachevs, Yeltsins, Gaidars, Chubais, this thieves, drunken, treacherous pack, everything fell apart. The Americans promised that they would be partners for us, but in fact they tried to finally finish off, first of all, our military-industrial complex, education, science and the army.
The Communist Party has always resisted such a policy. Our party and the people's patriotic forces saved the country from a new civil war, which was about to be unleashed by market reformers. We saved it after the default, when we created a center-left government headed by Primakov. We helped the country overcome all crisis moments.
I think it is very useful to remember that when the top leadership of Russia agreed to hold NATO exercises near Arzamas using heavy equipment and weapons, we rebelled against this, raised people up, and did not allow NATO to the holy land of Nizhny Novgorod.
When it was already decided to organize a jump base in Ulyanovsk, in Lenin's homeland, supposedly to take the Americans out of Afghanistan, we opposed this. We held a nationwide procession and they were not allowed to go there.
When the NATO troops had already landed in the Crimea, in Feodosia, together with Kharitonov and our friends in Ukraine, we gathered ten thousand people. We besieged this base for five days, and the NATO troops were forced to leave our legendary Crimean land.
When NATO-led Saakashists unleashed a war in South Ossetia, we insisted that President Medvedev make an immediate decision. There were one hundred American advisers under three generals. Georgian militants were given alcohol to drink, which relieves fear and pain, which is used in NATO armies.
And what did these bastards do in the first place? They shot all our peacekeepers and destroyed forty-nine out of fifty schools. Then we were forced to immediately bring in peacekeeping forces through the Roki Tunnel in order to calm the scoundrel Saakashvili within three days. But, in general, he had to be caught, put in a cage and taken to The Hague to be dealt with there. Instead, he ended up in Ukraine, where, under the guidance of the Americans, he was made an overseer of the amazing city of Odessa.
We conducted a whole series of operations to support our friends and brothers in Ukraine. What did the Americanized Bandera government do there in the first place? She expelled the communists from the Rada, who fought very actively and with dignity to strengthen ties with our country. Then the Bandera government dragged those who hate Russia to all managerial posts. They adopted legislative acts by which they recognized the Russian language as illegal, and the Russian people as non-indigenous. Although before that, 83% of the inhabitants of Ukraine in a referendum said that the Russian language is their native language.
The Americans raised in Ukraine such a pack of bastards, which history does not know. They gave power to the main accomplices of Hitler, who destroyed people by the thousands. When I studied the tragedy of Babi Yar, I was shocked that the punishers were mostly Nazi Bandera. In Volhynia, Bandera massacred almost sixty thousand Poles. It was they who burned people in the Belarusian Khatyn.
And this maddened public decided, having seized Ukraine, to organize a war with Russia. Prior to that, under the leadership of NATO, they ruined the entire Ukrainian industry: the best aircraft factory named after Antonov, the best rocket factory in Dnepropetrovsk, the best engine factory in Zaporozhye, the best shipyards in Nikolaev. The NATO members handed over their weapons to the Ukrainian formations, and drove 130 thousand to the Donbass in order to unleash another war.
Therefore, the decision to conduct a special operation in Ukraine was, although belated, but absolutely correct. And we should all be well aware that if this fascist and Nazi hydra is not destroyed, it will continue to spoil the blood of entire generations. We gave too many lives of our best sons and daughters to defend our homeland from fascism. I have not survived a single village in the Oryol region. There was only one house left from Orel, on which a red flag was hoisted. Everyone in my family fought against the Nazis. And today, when American-led fascists say they will dictate terms to us, we say no to them. Therefore, we will support everyone who, being a patriot, faithfully serves our beloved, long-suffering Fatherland.
As for sanctions against Russia, far from all countries of the world support them. They are supported by the United States, they are supported by NATO satellites in Europe, which have long lost their subjectivity. And it's all. In Latin America, no one supported the sanctions: neither Brazil, where the president is on the right, nor Argentina, where the president is on the left. Neither Mexico is one of the largest countries in the region. Not to mention our friends in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. My First Deputy and First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Melnikov is a great friend of Cuba. And I helped the Cubans build three factories. And when the Americans tried to organize a “boiling” there, we, together with twice Hero of the Soviet Union, cosmonaut Sevastyanov, flew to Cuba and helped Fidel Castro.
If we take Asia, then the sanctions were again supported by only American satellites. The same Japan has long been occupied by the Americans. But South Korea does not want to support the sanctions. China also said no. India said no. But China today in terms of GDP is the first economy in the world, and India is the third. In the Middle East, sanctions were not supported by Iran and Pakistan. Even Saudi Arabia, which has always supported the Americans, said no.
Therefore, when they yell that their total sanctions will bring the Russian economy to its knees, this is complete nonsense! But in order for the sanctions to really not do much damage, Prime Minister Mishustin needs to involve, first of all, our team with the Ten Steps to a Decent Life program.
Our team saved the country after the default. At that time, Primakov, Maslyukov, and I took only three measures. We have stopped the outflow of capital. We have banned raising prices for diesel fuel, gasoline and kerosene. And we have done everything to allocate funds directly and without interest for specific projects. And, as a result, the factories started working and all construction projects resumed. Only the industry in that year gave 24% growth. And now, when the refinancing rate was raised to 20%, it's just killing all life! They almost provoked a panic, because the citizens realized that they would be left without money tomorrow!
Therefore, real action must be taken. The first and main of them is to create people's enterprises in each district. And if this bastard engaged in raider seizures comes to us again at the state farm named after Lenin, we will chase him stronger than in the Donbass. Moreover, this bastard is covered by the administration of the Moscow region. Although the state farm named after Lenin is the best enterprise that pays huge taxes to the budget. There is one of the highest salaries and a full social package. Such enterprises should be proud of and adopt their best practices.
This also applies to the Kazankov farm in Mari El, which won all the main prizes at the international exhibition in Frankfurt.
And if tomorrow we create such people's enterprises throughout the country, the situation will change dramatically.
The first decision that Prime Minister Mishustin must now make is to ensure the availability of gasoline and diesel fuel for the peasants. And that the price per kilowatt hour of electricity should not be four times higher than in the city. Now it reaches eight rubles. This is much higher than in industry, which is completely unacceptable!
Abandoned lands that have not been used for two years must be immediately nationalized. We must support everyone who wants to plow them up today, plant vegetable gardens and grow a wonderful harvest. We are able to feed five hundred million people, and instead we buy someone else's dirty products.
Now there is a real opportunity to support high technologies. Raise all my speeches for five years when the budget is adopted by the State Duma. I screamed out that a country with eleven time zones could not exist without its aviation. I have been to all aircraft factories. And when they wanted to close the legendary Voronezh Aviation Plant, I spoke from the wing of the plane in front of a team of five thousand. Then I went to the president and told him: you will have nothing to fly on! Our Il-86 was the only aircraft in the world that had never crashed with passengers in thirty years. And for a long time it was possible to debug the production of its successor Il-96. There is no need for us to get involved with Boeings, because our planes are better and more reliable!
This applies to electronics and much more. And we can calmly and confidently rush forward. St. Petersburg has an amazing educational institution founded by Zhores Alferov. But it continues to be "pressed" only because it stands on expensive land. But this educational institution trains geniuses in the field of mathematics, cybernetics, robotics! That's what we all need to work on today.
As for the sanctions, the American nuclear industry cannot work without our fuel rods. And two-thirds of the titanium needed for the production of aircraft, the Boeing company receives from our country. The same applies to the fertilizers that Russia and Belarus supply to the whole of Europe. So we have our own very powerful leverage. And those who now "got excited" with the sanctions will soon begin to reverse. The same Germany, if it buys expensive liquefied gas from the United States, will be uncompetitive. It is more profitable for them to use Nord Stream.
Therefore, now it is necessary to show will, character and move forward. But once again I appeal to the authorities: stop the anti-Soviet and the persecution of our comrades. We face this both in Moscow and in other regions. But those who do this are provocateurs. And our party and left-patriotic forces will do everything to ensure that the country is strengthened, our army honestly and worthily fulfills its duty.
We have always stood on the side of those who fight for socialism. No to fascism in our land!
Gennady Andreyevich Zyuganov has been the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and served as Member of the State Duma since 1993. He is also a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 1996.
Originally published in KPRF