'Glasnost' and the Russian Revolution

Paul Dukes takes a look back on the Russian Revolution.

ln February 1987, Mr Gorbachev declared that there should be 'no forgotten names and no blank pages in history and literature'. Speaking of October 1917 in particular, he said:

Can we forget the crime committed by Trotsky, who during the Brest peace talks in 1918 breached Lenin's directive to sign a peace agreement? We have not forgotten either that Bukharin nearly caused a split in the party by his opposition to Lenin's call for struggle against the imperialist war. Naturally, these names should not be committed to oblivion, but one should take a class approach. We take a similar approach to the concept of truth today.

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