[Homestead] History, the day you nearly died

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Wed Sep 1 13:27:48 EDT 2004

The average American knows no more of history than their dog or cat..  
The know-nothingness extends to  circumstances surrounding the death of  
Stalin, the evil Beria, the Kabuki Dance between Kruschev and Kennedy.

Stalin, Part two
08/29/2004 15:26

1953 found America militarily involved in South Korea fighting against 
the communist North Korea government and Chinese communists.
The CIA was shipping military hardware to the French who were entrenched 
in a fight in Viet Nam and Laos.  The CIA had helped topple the 
government of Iran and replaced it with Pahlevi Shah of Iran, who also 
was a homicidal butcher.  Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of the 
United States.  Ike as he was called had been the Supreme Allied 
Commander during world war two.

America had a new fear on their hands the atomic bomb.  If we had 
achieved in creating a nuclear weapon, others could too.  Hitler was 
only about two years away from the bomb just before he stopped all work 
on it earlier in the war.  Russia had the bomb.

We also had a new enemy the Soviet Union.  The original dispute came as 
a result of the US snubbing the communist government just after the 
revolution and the US having troops on native Russian soil during the 
revolution.  Now, that dispute became hatred for each other on both 

America intervened in a number of countries and through assistance and 
economic rewards actively worked to contain communism.  The plan was to 
surround Russia with US friendly countries.

The Marshall Plan pumped $12 billion into Western Europe to rebuild the 
country and to create trading partners as an expansion of capitolism.  

Stalin retaliated and blocked off east Germany, and more importantly, 
west Berlin.  The US was now forced to air lift suppiles over hostile 
skies to keep the people of west Berlin fed.  

The History guide says of Stalin, An entirely unscrupulous man, Stalin 
consistently manipulated Communist imperialism for the greater glory of 
Soviet Russia and the strengthening of his own person as autocrat. He 
died, under somewhat mysterious circumstances, on March 5, 1953 .

Through the purges, the early mishandling of the war, the repressed 
society and the fear of Stalin s secret police, the famines, and the 
ethnic cleansing had created enemies for Stalin, even within his own 
ranks.  The lives of those in Stalin's own inner circle were measure one 
hour at time and one never knew when Stalin would turn on them.   Stalin 
had taken the writings of Marx which were very liberal, and turned them 
into his own brand of communism which was to the radical right he had 
alienated those who brought the revolution.

Stalin s outright rape of the Ukraine did not go over very well with the 
Ukrainians.  Hatred for Stalin raged in every Ukrainian s heart.

Stalin was preparing the launch another purge in his aggressions against 
the Russian people, but this time, he created the doctors plot as a 
prelude to his new pogrom of internal genocide.

In his book THE 'DOCTORS' CASE , AND, THE DEATH OF STALIN by Bill Bland 
of the UK writes and quoting from (Y. Rapoport: 'The Doctors' Plot: 
Stalin's Last Crime': London; 1991; p. 77).

" . . . Lvdia Timashuk a rank-and-file doctor at the Kremlin Hospital . 
. . . discovered intentional distortions in medical conclusions made by 
major medical experts who served as consultants in the hospital. She 
exposed their criminal designs and thus opened the eyes of security 
bodies to the existence of the infamous conspiracy". 

Bland goes on "One day Stalin called us to the Kremlin and read us a 
letter from a woman doctor named Timashuk. She claimed that Zhdanov died 
because the doctors on the case purportedly administered improper 
treatment to him, treatment intended to lead to his death". (N. S. 
Khrushchev: 'Khrushchev Remembers'; London; 1971; p. 283).  The arrests 
started and the trials began.

Nine doctors, to include Stalin s own personal physician were implicated

Professor M. S. Vovsi, therapeutist
Professor V.I. Vinogradov, therapeutist and Stalin s personal physician
Professor M.B. Kogan, therapeutist
Professor B.B. Kogan, therapeutist
Professor P. I. Yegorov, therapeutist
Professor A.I.Feldman, otolaryngologist
Professor Ya.G.Etinger, therapeutist
Professor Grinshtein, neuropathologist
G.I. Maiorov, therapeutist

Stalin now had even more enemies.  The medical profession.  The doctors 
were charged with having murdered Andrey Zhadnov and Alelsandr 
Scherbakov, and with attempting to murder Marshals Aleksandr Vasilevsky, 
Leonid Covorov, and Ivan Konev, together with General Sergey Shtemenko 
and Admiral Cordey Iavchenko.

Stalin increased 10 fold the numbers of those who would have preferred 
to see the dictator dead when he unleashed the Georgia Plot.  Stalin s 
first victim was Vilian Zodelava and he was removed as leader of the 
Georgian Young Communist League.

Next, prominent Georgian communists were accused of embezzling state 
funds, stealing automobiles and plundering state property. (D. M. Lang: 
'A Modern History of Georgia'; London; 1962; p. 261). 

Stalin dispatched Beria to oversee the purges and to clean up "At that 
time (spring 1952 - Ed.) it became known that Mr. Beria himself had gone 
to Georgia to clean up a situation compounded of widespread graft and 
other types of corruption. Later it became known that Premier Stalin 
himself had had to intervene to order the purge in the Georgian 
Communist Party". ('New York Times', 3 January 1953; p. 3).  

Stalin turned on those who had supported him and were appointed to their 
positions via his own request.

The next victim of Stalin s madness was Lieutenant-General Nikolay 
Vlasik.  Vlasik had been Stalin s friend and his personal secretary for 
25 years. He has apply been noted as being Stalin's closest confidant up 
till 1952, and Stalin's chief of personal security.  

Stalin claimed to have uncovered a leak of information to outsiders and 
Vlasik was the chief suspect. 

Even Khrushchev was implicated by Stalin himself.  Khrushchev was able 
to convince Stalin that he was not responsible for any leak and Vlasik 
was picked up near the Kremlin gates and put into the Lubyanka - two 
weeks later he died inside the dreaded prison of an undisclosed 
'illness'.  The undisclosed illness was probably lead poisoning from to 
a bullet to the back on the head.

The charges of disloyalty leveled at Vlasik were completely false.  

Stalin also wanted war with the United States Russia was bankrupt, it 
did not have the logistics to physically attack the US.  Russia did have 
long ranger bombers and nuclear weapons.

Stalin had created a plan to expel all Jews from Russia and provoke a 
reaction from the United States.  He wanted to goad the US into a 
nuclear war.

The thought of another world war was frightening enough let alone one 
fought with atomic bombs.  There were those who probably wanted to 
prevent this at all costs.  More reasons to get Stalin out of the 
picture once and for all.

There were also soviet moderates who wanted a return to the ideology of 
Marx.  Stalin had gone too far, too brutally, and too far away from the 
intention of the revolution.  Stalin had to go.

Stalin's personal bodyguards, Okhrana No. 1, had been reduced to only a 
small group of military members. The new group had no experience or 
training as security forces or as body guards and this must have fanned 
Stalin s psychosis even more and driving him deeper into his paranoid 

Major General Petr Kosynkin, the deputy Commander of the Kremlin Guard, 
died of a heart attack according to the Kremlin, but Kosynkin had been 
in the best of health only just before according to his physical.  
Stalin s trusted commander and shield was dead.  

Stalin was virtually alone and unprotected. 

At the end of World War Two, General Patton told Eisenhower, who was the 
Supreme Allied Commander; America should now turn on Russia because 
Patton had a gut level feeling that America was going to have trouble 
with Stalin.  Eisenhower fired Patton for the remark. Eisenhower was now 
the president of the US, and one wonders if he wasn t regretting not 
heading Patton s warning.  

One can see the case building to warrant suspicions of an assassination 
theory behind Stalin s death there were those who had the cause and 
means to do so. Stalin s insanity had made him a complete liability to 
Russia.   Stalin s assassination of Trotskey was seen by moderates as 
the final blow to the original goals of the revolution. Under Stalin, 
Russia had become a nation imploding in upon itself through mass 
executions, deportations, and terror.  Even associating with Stalin, one 
took their life into their own hands.  Stalin had taken Russia and the 
revolution turned it upside down until Russia became one large 
concentration camp.  

On the night 28 February 1953, Stalin and his closest associates had 
been drinking and watching a movie at the Kremlin. When their evening 
broke up, Stalin returned to his dacha and he told his body guards he 
wanted to be left alone, and they went off to their quarters to sleep 
very unlike Stalin. 

Testimony by Pyotr Lozgachev, one of Stalin s bodyguards, states that 
the guards had started getting very concerned because Stalin had not 
come out of his room the next morning.  At 18.30 a light came on in 
Stalin's rooms so the guards relaxed a bit, but by 22:00 they became 
very nervous and went into Stalin s room.

Lozgachev was the first person to enter the room and there was a very 
crippled Stalin.

By Lozgachev s account "I hurried up to him and said 'Comrade Stalin, 
what's wrong?' He'd, you know, wet himself while he was lying there. He 
made some incoherent noise, like "Dz dz". His pocketwatch and copy of 
Pravda were lying on the floor. The watch showed 6.30. That's when it 
must have happened to him."

Edvard Radzinski maintains that the delay of Stalin s body guards, 
during 1 March, to check on the soviet dictator was by design.  Mr. 
Radzinsk believes that Stalin was injected with poison by Khrustalev, 
under the orders of his master, KGB chief Lavrenty Beria.

This scenario is highly unlikely and I would disagree with it.  Beria 
would have never trusted something of this magnitude to be handled by a 
common soldier.  Stalin s bodyguard s tenuous grip on life was directly 
relevant to Stalin being alive.  They would have blown the plot wide open.

Stalin s guards were supposed to have called Stalin s inner circle Beria 
and Khrushchev, immediately upon seeing an incapacitated Stalin. However 
another theory claims that only Beria was summoned and he took charge of 
the entire situation.  Beria was supposed to have delayed in calling the 
Kremlin doctors until the next morning in hopes that the stroke would 
have reached fatal level.

H. Salisbury: 'Stalin's Russia and After'; London; 1952, states in his 
book "And what of Stalin himself? In the pink of condition. In the best 
of spirits. That was the word of three foreigners who saw him in 
February - Bravo, the Argentine Amassador; Menon, the Indian, and Dr. 
Kitchlu, an Indian active in the peace movement".

Khrushchev s narrative says that the doctors arrived at about 0500, 2 March.

J. Lewis & P. Whitehead: 'Stalin: A Time for Judgement'; London; 1990 
asserts "There is a mystery about what had happened to Stalin, His 
guards had become alarmed when he had not asked for his evening snack at 
11 p.m. . . . The security men picked him up and put him on a sofa, but 
doctors were not summoned until the morning. Stalin lay helpless and 
untreated for the better part of a day, making recuperative treatment 
much harder.  .

Why did the Party leaders prolong the delay? Some historians see 
evidence of premeditated murder. Abdurakhman Avtorhanov sees the cause 
in Stalin's visible preparation of a purge to rival those of the thirties".

D. Volkogonov wrote "Physicians were finally brought in to the comatose 
leader after a twelve- or fourteen hour interval".

H. Salisbury: adds more to the conspiracy theory "What a strange quirk 
of fate, I thought, that Stalin should lie dying just a few weeks after 
the Kremlin's own doctors had been accused of plotting precisely such a 
death. A very strange and curious quirk of fate.

But was it just a quirk? . . . Was it possible that these powerful and 
able Soviet leaders, together with their colleagues in the Army, had 
stood idly by and taken no steps to halt the creeping terror that was 
certain to destroy almost all of them. . . .
While murder cannot be proved, there was no question that motive for 
murder existed. . . . For . . . if Stalin were dying a natural death. it 
was the luckiest thing that had ever happened to the men who stood 
closest to him".

Stalin s autopsy report validates that he had suffered a stroke, 
lingered for several days, and finally succumbed after the part of the 
brain that controls involuntary actions (such as breathing, heart 
function, etc.) became so damaged it shut down. There is no question 
about that.  No poison was found in his system and we can rule unnatural 

A stroke does have symptoms that may suddenly appear this would explain 
why Stalin was seen in excellent health only a month before.  One of the 
lesser symptoms of an impending stroke is sudden nausea, fever and 
vomiting.  Stalin could have been experiencing these symptoms when he 
told his body guards to leave him alone thinking he had contracted the flu.

The question is the delay in seeking medical treatment which is 
evident.  The delay in seeking treatment was by design.  To save Russia 
from complete and utter destruction, either through Stalin s pending 
purge which would have surpassed the purges of the 1930 s, or a nuclear 
war initiated by Stalin, he had to be stopped by those who loved Russia.

A conversation between Nikolay Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev, that 
Khrushchev wrote about in his memoirs is supposed to have been:

Khrushchev  'Stalin's not going to pull through. . . . You know what 
posts Beria will take for himself?'
Bulganin  'Which one?'
Khrushchev  'He will try and make himself Minister of State Security. No 
matter what happens, we can't let him do this. If he becomes Minister of 
State Security it will be the beginning of the end for us'.
Khrushchev   Bulganin said he agreed with me". 

Beria had every thing to gain by Stalin s death the post would have 
given Beria absolute power to start the killings all over again, and 
Beria loved nothing better than killing.

Marshall Zhukov arrested Beria, and Beria was brought into detention.

Finally on July of 1953, the official announcement came . that Mr. 
Lavrenty Beria, First Vice-Chairman and Minister of Internal Affairs, 
had been expelled from the Communist Party and removed from his 
Ministerial posts as an 'enemy of the people"'.

Beria made sure that when he fell, others fell too, Beria betrayed:

Vladimir Dekanozov, recently Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs

Sergey Goglidze, former Georgian People's Commissar of Internal Affairs, 
and recently an official of the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs

Bogdan Kobulov, former Georgian Deputy Commissar of Internal Affairs

Vsevolod Merkulov, former USSR Minister of State Security, recently USSR 
Minister of State Control

Pavel Meshik, formerly an official of the USSR Ministry of Internal 
Affairs, recently Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs

Lev Vlodzimirsky, former Head of the Section of the USSR Ministry of 
Internal Affairs for Investigating Specially Important Cases.

Marshal Ivan Konev was appointed as the judge for the trial of the 
enemies of the state and Roman Rudenko was appointed as prosecution.

All the defendants were found guilty and sentenced to death by shooting, 
the sentence being carried out on 23 December 1953.

The old guard of Stalin was gone and Khrushchev was now in control of 
the government.

Khrushchev s career was terminated just after the Cuban missile crisis.  
The US had long range Jupiter Missiles in Turkey capable of delivering 
nuclear weapons.  Cuba was seething at the snub by the US government and 
had turned to the Soviet Union for assistance, and with that assistance 
came the delivery of long range ballistic missiles.

Russia and the United States had missiles pointed directly at each 
others soft under bellies.  President Kennedy launched a navel blockade 
around Cuba and was prepared to take hostile action should anymore 
Soviet ships try to enter Cuban waters.

American submarines and war ships were fully armed and patrolling the 
waters around Cube with a single directive shoot to kill upon Kennedy s 

The Soviet Union and the United States were within inches of nuclear 
war.  Tensions became unbearable and the air of the world hung heavy 
with people on both sides of the ocean trembling with raw fear.

The US military was brought to the highest state of alert and were fully 
prepared to take out Cuba and Soviet Russia.

Through quiet diplomatic channels, the US agreed to obsolete the Jupiter 
missiles and not replace them if the Soviet Union withdrew their 
missiles from Cuba. The negotiations were held at the highest level of 
government and the onus was now on the Soviet Union to accept the 
compromise or face doomsday.

Khrushchev agreed to the terms and the Russian ships turned back towards 

The Russian people never knew about all the factors involved and they 
saw Khrushchev as a weakling.  The Soviet Military was furious that 
Khrushchev had not seized the initiative. All of which is very much not 
the case it was Khrushchev who actually deescalated the crisis when he 
accepted the deal.

The American people were told that President Kennedy had backed the 
Soviet Union down.  We were never told the truth.

We were both lied to.

America was ready for war, make no mistake about it; the Soviet Union we 
grew to know under Stalin had made us very nervous about anything that 
said Russia.  We were fully prepared to raze the Soviet Union with a 
fireball of incineration because of Stalin s threats and his own actions 
as a despotic dictator who defied all logic and reasoning. Stalin was 
unpredictable and that makes people very nervous. We only knew that 
Stalin was a mad man who out did Hitler in terms of a homicidal 
totalitarian leadership the man who would be king.

Khrushchev cannot be judged too harshly.  Inspite of his antics, taking 
his shoe off at the UN and pounding on his desk, to the rather abrupt 
comments him and Nixon exchanged, Nikita Khrushchev saved Russia and 
America from a smoldering demise on a scale mankind has never, and 
hopefully, will never see.

Khrushchev did more for Russia in those 10 days of the crisis than 
anyone can ever imagine.

Through Khrushchev, cooler heads now worked through the reins of 
government the hot line between Russia and the United States is in part 
a contribution of Khrushchev.

At the Twentieth Party Congress in February 1956, just after the 
successful test of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, Khrushchev formally broke 
with Stalin's revolutionary tenet that a new world war was inevitable. 
"Either peaceful coexistence or the most destructive war in history," he 
declared, "there is no third way."

If Khrushchev was involved in the delay of medical treatment that caused 
the death of Stalin, his actions turned out to be the best for Russia 
and the United States.  To that end, Khrushchev, should be thanked 
because neither of us would be alive today.
Michael Berglin

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