Stalin Moves Against the Rights
NINETEEN HUNDRED AND TWENTY- eight and 1929 were perhaps the most crucial years of the Russian Revolution. It was during those years that idealistic bolshevism gave way to outright gangsterism, of which Dzhugashvili-Stalin was the center and the symbol. In those years I had occasion to hear some of the oldest and most esteemed Bolsheviks reminisce on Stalin's character and his past --his foul play with comrades while in or out of prison, his expulsion from the Social Democratic Party of Tiflis, where an underground revolutionary tribunal found him guilty of espionage and provocateur work. The prevailing theme of conversation at the Kremlin was the Secretary's everlasting intrigues, his unquenchable thirst for power, his appalling cruelty, and, most dangerous of all, his innate, utterly disarming obsequiousness. These traits, coupled with a perfect readiness to fulfill promises when it didn't interfere with his purposes, made him no less dangerous to potential or fancied foes than to real ones.
The more I think of those days, the deadlier seems to me the parallel between Stalin's conduct in 1928-29 and his dealings with Roosevelt, Churchill, and Truman at Teheran, Yalta, and