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Fight like Stalin, but live like Karimli (Our editorial)



Probably, only after reading the historical novel of the greatest writer and publicist Edvard Radzinsky, I realized the sources of Joseph Stalin's personal tragedy. This novel, like all other extraordinary works of the talented historian-novelist, is based on historical documentary. It would be cynical to just argue about the personal tragedy of a brutal dictator, who drowned half the world in blood: the book relies solely on facts. The inhuman cruelty, mercilessness, insensibility of the hard, cold ruler, beyond any doubt, became a manifestation of personal frustration and experienced personal tragedies, which buried in the soul of the once ardent and selfless ideological revolutionary belief in human justice...

Instead of preface: Stalinist morals

I will give only one episode from the life of the future tyrant. Perhaps, it clearly reflects the subsequent events in the struggle for power in the Bolshevik leadership. Stalin, who until the end of his life remained a politician untainted in corruption and bribery, lost faith in the Bolsheviks of the Leninist (if not Plekhanov's) draft long before the October coup. The Baku revolutionary, known far beyond Absheron under the pseudonym Koba, was losing his beloved wife Kato Svanidze. The mother of his famous son, Yacov, whom the great dictator did not exchange for the captive German field-marshal. And now Koba, known for the unprecedented and boundless audacity of a brave revolutionary, was famous not only for robbery attacks on the imperial banks, but also for his old, hole-ridden hat. Through the hands of Koba passed millions: it was he who was at the head of the sensational 'Tiflis expropriation.' The 29-year-old Stalin controlled the party cash register, but at the same time led an almost beggarly way of life: he was often undernourished, wore rags, his hole-ridden hat became a byword. And his wife was in day-time work: she worked as a laundress and a dressmaker.

And here in one of the public hospitals in the Black City, the wife of the custodian of the party cash register was dying of tuberculosis. Stalin did not have enough money for her treatment. He could have saved her. But he did not touch the party treasury, the "holy of holies" for the military wing of the revolutionary army. Everything for the cause of the party, everything for the revolution! Stalin was very much asked by brother of Kato. But he refused. And his beloved wife passed away. In the hands of Stalin was left an eight-month-old child, Yakov, whom Kato's mother took to care for. The death of his wife threw Stalin into an unbearable horror, it became a personal shock, a tragedy that left a deep, indelible mark on his character. Researchers of the young years of Stalin argue that he might have even lost his mind. Stalin, who grabbed the coffin, was literally dragged out of the grave. For many years he could not survive this loss, to accept his grief. And that's why. Six years after his wife's death, Stalin visited party emigration in Switzerland, visited Vienna. Naturally, Iosif Vissarionovich took a room in a cheap Vienna hotel, then a bunk in an apartment with friends. And with what horror he saw the pompous, almost aristocratic life of the Bolshevik leaders in the center of Europe.

The Bolshevik elite was living in style on the money of the party, which had been obtained at the cost of the lives and blood of thousands of activists of the underground wing. Oh, that's what party money was spent on? Recreation parties, a sea of champagne, socialites, expensive suits... Of course, at these moments Stalin could not help but recall the tragic death of his beloved wife. After all, he, like them, could touch the party means... Stalin looked with contempt at the bohemian life of Trotsky, Bukharin, Rykov, Zinovyev and many other Bolsheviks. Then he decided for himself that they betrayed the ideals of the revolution. Stalin himself can be accused of anything, but not of betraying the ideals of revolution and personal greed.

Why Stalin?

What prompted me to draw historical parallels and recall the story of the existential crisis of the personality of one of the greatest politicians of our era? Of course, the calls of the leaders of our opposition for the speedy overthrow of the current government, for a new revolution, for the destruction of the old world, for class intolerance, that are becoming more frequent. What does the Bolsheviks, Marxism and ideals of the old revolution have to do with this, let alone the story of the regeneration and reassessment of Stalin's values?! Any thought of revolution brings a parallel with Marxism as a political doctrine of revolution and a violent change of formation. Yes, in previous publications, I shared my main conclusion about the degeneration of the revolution as a violent form of changing the formation into a kind of at least exterior, liberal transformation. This is a bloodless revolution. But in this case, we are not arguing about the essence of the revolutionary process itself, but about the moral image and spiritual values of the bearers of the revolutionary idea.

In my publications, I often repeated that the Azerbaijani government was luckier than the other CIS and former socialist camp governments, because the opponents of our authorities are the most odious and corrupt social and political force. In the public mind, the thought of the depravity and misery of the philosophy of the opposition leaders is firmly dominant. They vainly and incessantly are calling the masses of the people on barricades. Over the past few years, we have proved on facts that over the past 20 years, the Azerbaijani opposition has received several times more financial resources than the oppositionists from the CIS countries taken together. And the money of the revolution went to the bohemian lifestyle of the opposition aristocracy in the best capitals of the Old World.

Pashinyan's son in Karabakh, and Karimli's son in London

Children and families of oppositionists are educated in the most expensive universities in the world, their wives are dressed by the best couturiers, they drive around in fashionable foreign cars and build grandiose mansions. And of course, the leader of the opposition, Ali Karimli is the personification of this political debauchery and guile, moral and political corruption. We wrote a lot about the high society joys of his son and family in one of the most expensive cities in the world - London. How does Karimli answer to us? With arguments about the life of officials and their families. But if the sons of Ziya Mammadov and Eldar Mahmudov are flinging money about in London by millions of pounds earned by criminal predatory and corruption, then the family of Ali Karimli, of course, spends money from the party cash register. Otherwise, where from the rabid leader of the impoverished stratum can have millions of pounds for an exquisite life in the most expensive city in the world?!

Luxurious study of Karimli's son in London

Of course, it is difficult to imagine Ali Karimli in a leaky hat, and his wife Samara as a laundress washing official linen. Just as difficult it is to imagine their son, the Trotskyite Turkel, in the trenches of Karabakh, where the leader of the Armenian revolutionary democracy Pashinyan recently sent his son. After all, Karimli, unlike the nationalist Pashinyan, adheres to the Marxist theory of turning the imperialist war into a civil war. During the recent Armenian revolution Karimli issued a formidable warning to the authorities to prevent the offensive of the Azerbaijani army. Say, the permanent tension at the front can undermine the success of the Armenian revolution. Can you imagine?! This blasphemous statement by the leader of the national bureaucrats sounded in unison with the public auto-da-fe, made against another oppositionist and comrade-in-arms of Karimli - one of the leaders of the National Council Rustam Ibrahimbeyov.

For several days in Azerbaijan there has been a noisy discussion around the controversial film by Ibrahimbeyov 'The Caucasian Trio.' It is possible to argue for a long time over the script and the production of this film, in which the eternal thought of the film director about the reconciliation of Azerbaijanis and Armenians is a red thread. The further comments of Ibrahimbeyov, who urged the Azerbaijani authorities to reconcile with Armenia, deserve more condemnation. Say, this is the verdict of history. No one disputes the axiom of absolute historical regularity. But the cosmopolitanism and supra-nationality of Ibrahimbeyov are literally causing confusion. After all, in the very days when Karimli and Ibrahimbeyov extolled the Armenian "revolution of love", Azerbaijani soldiers fought a bloody battle on the Nakhchivan sector of the front, liberating another village occupied by Armenia in 1992, with which now Ibrahimbeyov, like Karimli, is forcing Azerbaijan to reconcile. What kind of moral decay? And how does this relate to the people's right to liberate the lands seized by the occupation regime?

Karimli believes that the poor's children must protect the homeland

But what are we talking about?! It turns out that in the trenches, as on the barricades and even in prisons, the children of the dungeon should be, but not the offsprings of Karimli or Ibrahimbeyov. Children of these people's patriots in Moscow and London are in safety and in the best positions. And in Karabakh, the liberation of which these politicians are advocating, the children of the poor must die, who - the children of the lower class of a society alien to them - are not allowed to fly.

The money also came from Russia

But back to the main scandal of recent days. The authorities have revealed one more channel of financing of the Azerbaijani opposition. More precisely, of Karimli himself. With this money, it would be possible to gather impressive rallies and deploy devastating underground work against the authorities. Imagine, only from one channel of funding Karimli received monthly 30 thousand dollars! It turns out that the former head of the Gadabay region, Saleh Rustamov, was engaged in collecting money for the revolutionary Karimli force in Russia. The former official went into the merchant class and headed the underground center in Russia. And he was assisted in this business by a certain Eltaj Alisoy. Since March 2016, Saleh Rustamov has been sending Karimli monthly 30 thousand dollars. The money went to Baku via an illegal scheme of illegal transfers through "financial smugglers": Jeyhun Huseynov, Rauf Isgandarov, Heydar Ahmadov and Tural Mehdikhanov. The final recipient of party money was Rustamov's nephew - Vidadi Rustamli. And he, in turn, transferred financial resources from Moscow to the member of the Popular Front Party's (PFPA) Presidium, Agil Maharramov, or the chairman of the Majlis of the Youth wing of the PFPA, Ruslan Nasirov, as well as to the chairman of the Narimanov district branch of the PFPA Babek Hasanov.

For one and a half year this network has transferred to Karimli from hand to hand over 700,000 manats. Taking into account the traditional sources of financing of the Popular Front - Western embassies and grants from international donors, as well as the "Georgian channel" of Gezal Bayramli-Afghan Mukhtarly, discovered and crushed by the authorities last year, it is possible to imagine the enormous scale of financing of the revolutionary underground. A completely logical question may arise: why the underground? Well, because, according to the laws of Azerbaijan, such financing of a political party is illegitimate and illegal. Laws prohibit the financing of parties from abroad, and the mechanism of clandestine, illegal supply of money to the People's Front is nothing else but money laundering. It is now clear why opposition rallies gather such an insignificant number of supporters of the revolution. Obviously, there is a mocking misappropriation of the party dough.

The last rally of the opposition in Baku

As it turned out, an established channel for the financing of the revolutionary forces from Russia to Azerbaijan functioned smoothly for a year and a half. Let's leave aside the lack of principles and lack of character of Karimli himself, ready to receive financial resources from antagonistic capitals of the world for financial interests and personal greed. I would not be surprised if one day the authorities find traces of Karimli in Tehran, Beirut or Beijing. The question is how the Russian security forces missed this conspiratorial funding channel for undermining the situation at their southern borders?! Although much has been written and claimed about the relationship of the opposition, in particular the National Council, with part of the Russian establishment, especially on the eve of the 2013 presidential election. After all, it was some people of the Kremlin elite who supported the National Council's emergence led by Ibrahimbeyov and in every way manipulated this factor of pressure on the Azerbaijani authorities. Now the secret financing channel has emerged. And how many more such channels exist?

The Karimli family lives in one of the most expensive and prestigious areas of London

The authorities themselves will figure it out the answers to these tricky questions. We in this story have been jarred by the moral side of the burning issue. So much money left and goes to revolts and revolutions! And what is the result? Miscarriage in the image of a comedy protest at the stadium in the center of Baku. A couple of thousands of declassed marginals and an apathetic state of the whole society, with a grin looking at the festive brotherhood of the oppositional "aristocracy". There is no leaky hat, no party treasury, no mental torment and catharsis... Therefore, there is no storming of the Winter Palace. One insatiable covetous and mercantile struggle for light and thoughtless life on the money of the revolution...

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