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Issue #1906      March 9, 2020

“CARRY OUT THE BEHESTS OF COMRADES LENIN AND STALIN”

“I am sure that if Comrade Stalin could send us a last message, this is what he would say: ‘Mourn not for me, carry on the struggle.’ ”

“AND that, comrades, is what we must do to become more worthy of him, of this great man who did so much for the toiling people of the world,” Mr L L Sharkey, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Australia, said on Friday night.

Mr Sharkey was speaking at a Stalin Memorial meeting.

Mr Sharkey repeated this vow, made by Stalin at the time of Lenin’s death: –

“SPECIAL MOULD”

“We Communists are people of a special mould. We are made of special stuff. We are those who form the army of the great proletarian strategist, the army of Comrade Lenin. There is nothing higher than the honour of belonging to this army. There Is nothing higher than the title of member of the Party whose founder and leader is Comrade Lenin.

“Departing from us, Comrade Lenin adjured us to hold high and guard the purity of the great title of member of the Party. We vow to you, Comrade Lenin, that we will fulfil your behest with credit ...

“Departing from us. Comrade Lenin adjured us to guard the unity of our Party as the apple of our eye. We vow to you, Comrade Lenin, that this behest, too, we will fulfil with credit ...

“Departing from us, Comrade Lenin adjured us to guard and strengthen the dictatorship of the proletariat. We vow to you. Comrade Lenin, that we will spare no effort to fulfil this behest, too, with credit!

“Comrade Lenin untiringly urged upon us the necessity of maintaining the voluntary union of the nations of our country, the necessity of fraternal co-operation between them within the framework of the Union of Republics. Departing from us, Comrade Lenin adjured us to consolidate and extend the Union of Republics. We vow to you, Comrade Lenin, that this behest, too, we will fulfil with credit!

“More than once did Lenin point out to us that the strengthening of the Red Army and the improvement of its conditions is one of the most important tasks of our Party ...

Let us vow then, comrades,, that we will spare no effort to strengthen our Red Army and our Red ‘Navy ...

“UNION OF TOILERS”

“Departing from us, Comrade Lenin adjured us to remain faithful to the principles of the Communist International. We vow to you, Comrade Lenin, that we will not spare our lives to strengthen and extend the union of the toilers of the whole world – the Communist International!”

Mr Sharkey said that at the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (which he attended), in the very last public speech made by Stalin, he brought forward the very point of extension of the union of toilers throughout the world.

“We must do all in our power, comrades, to carry out this behest of Lenin and of Comrade Stalin,” Mr. Sharkey said.

“DEFEND PEACE”

Mr Sharkey said that Stalin adjured us to carry out certain special tasks in the present day. “And, in departing from us, he adjured us to take into our own hands the great cause of peace and defend it to the end.

“Comrade Stalin adjured us to stand firmly as a rock against the blows of the class enemy, to carry out the struggle no matter how great the difficulties and obstacles and, just as was in the case of the Soviet working class, victory would be ours.”

Mr Sharkey said that “in honouring the memory of our great, departed leader, we must be ever more vigorous in carrying out his behest to be ever courageous in the struggle “

In the last days of his life, Comrade Stalin made two special behests – to defend the banner of democracy and to cherish our national independence.

At the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Comrade Stalin addressed fraternal delegates from non-Soviet countries.

He told them that “the principle of equal rights for men and nations has been trampled to the mud; it has been replaced by the principle of full rights for the exploiting minority and no rights for the exploited majority. The banner of bourgeois democratic liberty has been thrown overboard.”

Comrade Stalin added: “I think it is you, the representatives of the Communist and democratic parties, who will have to raise this banner and carry it forward if you want to gather around you the majority of the people. There is nobody else to raise it”

“RAISE THIS BANNER”

Comrade Stalin also referred to the dropping of the banner of national independence by the bourgeoisie, who sell the rights and independence of the nation for dollars.

“There is no doubt,” he said, “that it is you, the representatives of the Communist and democratic parties, who will have to raise this banner and carry it forward if you want to be patriots of your country, if you want to become the leading force of the nation. There is nobody else to raise it.”

“Such were the special behests of Comrade Stalin in the last days of his life,” said Mr Sharkey.

Tribune, March 1953

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