Prigozhin’s gambit is part of a century-long Russian battle for influence in Africa, even if its “active measures” there haven’t always worked to its advantage. As historian Christopher Andrew and former KGB archivist Vasili Mitrokhin have noted, all the way back in 1900, Iskra, Lenin’s revolutionary communist newspaper, mentioned South Africa as a prime target for a workers’ revolt owing to its relative industrialization. Expectations were dashed. In the 1930s, Black Communist delegates who had come to Moscow to study at Comintern-run schools complained that, despite a shared ideology, the Soviet Union was awash with racism. According to Andrew and Mitrokhin, several of these students, including Jomo Kenyatta, later the first indigenous leader of Kenya, even signed a letter “complaining of the ‘derogatory portrayal of Negroes in the cultural institutions of the Soviet Union’ as ‘real monkeys.’” … [Read more...] about Russia Is Using Undercover Racists to Exploit Africa’s Anti-Racist Political Revolt
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Unfortunately, "an analytical department within the intelligence services did not yet exist. All these reports found their way onto Stalin's desk. The result was not difficult to predict." "Generally," the newspaper notes, "even without these reports, it was obvious to the Soviet leadership that war was coming. The Red Army was undergoing rearmament. Under the guise of large training exercises, the covert mobilization of reservists was taking place. But intelligence could not offer a definitive answer on the date that the confrontation would start. The decision to mobilize would not only mean the withdrawal of workers, tractors and vehicles from the economy; it would mean the immediate commencement of war, since mobilization cannot simply start for no reason. The Soviet leadership in this situation believed that better later than sooner, the rearmament of the Red Army would be complete in 1942." … [Read more...] about The 5 Most Popular Myths About the Soviet Union’s Role in WWII, Busted
Hanoi (VNA) - Throughout its 75-year history, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) has always been accompanying the nation and joining hands with the whole Party, people, and army, along the nine-year resistance war against the French that culminated in the resounding Dien Bien Phu victory, as well as the 21-year battle against the US that ultimately led to the Great Spring Victory in 1975 and the reunification of the country and the taking of the path towards socialism. Both witness of and contributor to history During Vietnam’s struggles for national independence, journalists from VNA, known as “Viet Nam Thong tan xa” (VNTTX) at the time, became journalist-soldiers who not only reported events as witnesses but also directly engaged in such events. Throughout the nine years of the anti-French resistance war, the fledgling VNA staff, small as it was, both fought the enemy and ensured information and communications tasks were also completed. It overcame numerous … [Read more...] about Vietnam News Agency – 75 years of pride