Russia’s Communist Party Calls for Probe into Western Involvement in Stalin’s Death
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Russian Communist party supporters gather to lay flowers to the tomb of late Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to mark the 144th anniversary of his birth at Red Square in Moscow on December 21, 2023. (AFP/Olga Maltseva)

By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

In a surprising move, the Communists of Russia party has urged the FSB security service and top prosecutors to launch an investigation into the potential role of Western intelligence services in the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1953. The request was made public by RIA news agency on Tuesday.

Sergei Malinkovich, the chairman of the Communists of Russia party, revealed that they have approached the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation and the FSB, seeking a thorough examination of the circumstances surrounding Stalin’s demise. “Many testimonies from Stalin’s contemporaries speak of the possible poisoning of the leader of the Soviet nations by agents of Western influence,” stated Malinkovich.

The FSB and the Prosecutor General’s Office have not provided immediate responses to the party’s inquiry.

March 5 marks the 71st anniversary of Joseph Stalin’s death, who served as the leader of the Soviet Union from 1924 until his passing. The official cause of death, according to the government, was a haemorrhagic stroke. Stalin’s rule saw rapid industrialization but also witnessed millions of deaths in purges, Gulag labor camps, and famines.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, positioning himself as a successor to historical tsars, has presented a nuanced perspective on Stalin. While acknowledging Stalin’s wartime leadership, Putin condemns his domestic policies as “totalitarian.”

The Communists of Russia party, registered in 2012, is positioning itself as a distinct entity within Russia’s political landscape. Its primary counterpart on the left is the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), which identifies itself as the successor to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Malinkovich informed RIA that party representatives would commemorate the 71st anniversary of Stalin’s death by laying flowers at the bust of Stalin located at the Kremlin Wall on Tuesday. The implications and potential outcomes of this inquiry into Stalin’s death are yet to unfold, creating a new layer of historical intrigue surrounding the iconic Soviet leader.

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