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It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past Paperback – January 22, 2013
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"Satter grapples with an elemental failing of Russia’s leaders and people. . . . Russia, he argues, refuses to face the fundamental moral depravity of its Soviet past. . . . Expansive and brilliantly explored . . . compelling."—Foreign Affairs
"Highly successful in shedding light on both the nature of the Soviet system and the post-Communist period, this is a lucid, illuminating portrait of the outlook and attitudes of Russians. This book is one of the best I have ever read about the Soviet system and what it left behind."—Paul Hollander, author ofPolitical Will and Personal Belief: The Decline and Fall of Soviet Communism
"David Satter has written a fascinating account of what the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia have really been like and why the failure of today's Russians to face up to that reality has ominous consequences for them and us."—Richard Pipes, Baird Professor of History, Emeritus, Harvard University
"The central message of this important new book—that Russia cannot reverse its current decline without first coming to terms with the crimes of its Soviet past—is both sobering and absolutely compelling."—Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy
"David Satter has put the whole Lenin/Stalin experience in a welcome fresh perspective, with a fine analysis of the broad motivations, particularly the terror mentality."—Robert Conquest, author of The Great Terror
"In this penetrating analysis of Russia today, David Satter demonstrates how terror, ideology and mass murder were integrated and institutionalized in the Soviet Union, then dismantled in economic collapse, and are now resurrected in a modern, lighter authoritarian regime, minus the ideology. 'It Never Happened' gives the reader original insights and analysis by a Russian expert par excellence, and one exceptionally well written."—Richard V. Allen, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and former National Security Advisor to Ronald Reagan
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The author reviews historical examples of bad behavior, including the Holodomor, the Katyn massacre, and the Vorkuta labor camps. And the author reviews modern examples, including the FSB apartment bombings and the Nord-Ost siege.
The examples are well described with accounts by people personally involved, thus providing interesting additional information for readers who have already studied these events.
The author also reviews thoughts of prominent writers including Solzhenitsyn, Sakharov, and Shafarevich, and provides an understanding of the perverse mentalities of people within the Cheka/NKVD/KGB/FSB.
The author believes that by allowing government zero accountability and complete immunity, Russian society condemns itself to more oppression. By covering-up and forgetting the past rather than exposing terrible events and making memorials to victims, Russian society condemns itself to more terrible events.
Mr. Satter is hopeful that open recognition and critique of historical events could result in an improved society with a rational morality that values self-preservation.
by John Christmas, exiled "Latvian Proxy Network" whistleblower and author of "Democracy Society"