Attempts are being made to convince us that only one form of criticism should be encouraged in our country--it is a criticism of the foundations of communism, a criticism that is tantamount to a complete negation of all the socialist gains of the Soviet people, a criticism that advocates a return to old times, and which seeks to obliterate our country's more than 50 year-old history.
Attempts are being made to convince us that only one form of criticism should be encouraged in our country--it is a criticism of the foundations of communism, a criticism that is tantamount to a complete negation of all the socialist gains of the Soviet people, a criticism that advocates a return to old times, and which seeks to obliterate our country's more than 50 year-old history. This is precisely what Solzhenitsyn has been doing so persistently, month after month, in all his so called writings of recent years.
What aim does he persue? From Solzhenitsyn's wrotings one may conclude that his sole aim is to discredit the very existence of the Soviet state. His writings amount, on the one hand, to defiling the memory of 20 million Soviet citizens who died in the war defending their country against Hitlerism, ion the other, to glorifying the tsarist regime, the ideologists of the Party of Constitutional Democrats, to justifying the Vlasovites. Solzhenitsyn evidently regards them as his mentors, for it is precisely their "teaching" that he propagandizes in his so called literary works.
I don't think there is anyone in our country who has failed to see through Solzhenitsyn. Let's be frank: I presume there was a time when some people were under the illusion that Solzhenitsyn came out against the violations of legality that occurred during a certain period of Soviet history. But these very violations were in fact denounced by the party itself. It was not very long, however, before Solzhenitsyn's real aim became perfectly clear. And this aim is to turn back the wheel of history and to revert us to the gloomy past.
No one can stop the march of time, or let it elapse without any traces. History has long meted out its inexorable decision on what is to wither away and what is to flower. Time is on our side. It dooms to oblivion those who try to check its march, and exalts the people building the bright world of communism.
The wide campaign in the West around Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago is one of the topics that concerns currently the Soviet public.
This topic is on the pages of Soviet newspapers, in broadcasts of TV and Eadic.
The authors of materials published by Moscow press point out the anti-Soviet nature of Solzhenitsin's book. They note that the book fully contradicts the historical truth. Solzhenitsyn's attempt to slander much of what is sacred to each Soviet man and woman calls for strong censure.
The anti-Soviet campaign around Solzhenitsyn's book started by cortain circles in the West is directed, obviously, to compromise the process of international detente.
Soviet news report a steady stream of letters with strong censure of the fuss around the new anti-Soviet book.