|Monument of Pavel Grigorchuk in Bender, Transnistria.
Photo: Nahia Sanzo
The occupation by royal Romania, of course, was more rigorous than the current regime of Plahotniuc. However, because of this the dictatorship of the oligarchs does not cease to be a dictatorship. Like 90 years ago, it is possible to fight for the liberation of the country only by those methods in which the ruling junta is weak. And the weakness of the current government is that it is illegitimate, it is not recognized by most of society, and is hated by the majority of the people.
And, just as in the days of Pavel Tkachenko, in the context of illegality and surveillance by the Royal Secret Service, the methods of struggle were workers’ strikes, strikes and even insurrections in individual regions, such as the Khotyn, Bendery or Tatarbunary uprisings, in our time the methods of combating Plahotniuc may be nationwide protests and massive popular disobedience of the puppet regime of the oligarchs.
Glory to the heroes of the Bolshevik underground! Glory to Moldova!
Unfortunately, at the behest of the Plahotniuc-controlled courts, I don’t have the opportunity to speak to you personally, because I am still under arrest, although at home, on trumped-up charges.
Over the years, our long-suffering land has undergone a lot — the Romanian occupation, the horrors of war, the coming to power of so-called “democracy” after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and today’s “Democrats,” whose regime is little different than the militarism of the Romanian monarchists.
But as then, today there are oppressed and oppressors, executioners and victims. History is cyclical, it’s hard to dispute.
On this day in 2009, in downtown Chisinau, something indescribable happened – an orgy of obscurantism. Pogroms, fires, maddened crowds, smashing the parliament and presidential palace – revealed the true face of the current regime, unfortunately confirmed after early elections in July 2009. A regime that flies into a rage every day, virtually destroying Moldovan statehood, encouraging unionist marches and propaganda, at the same time punishing the Moldovan people by raising prices and tariffs to unimaginable limits.
But! In addition to the oppressed and the oppressors, in addition to the executioners and the victims, today, as then, there are those who are not willing to tolerate it, there are those who struggle against the hated regime, even at the price of their own freedom. Those who are not afraid to call things by their right names, those who are not afraid to challenge the anti-people regime.
On the 115th anniversary of the birth of Pavel Tkachenko, it is safe to say that the ideas for which he fought, and for which he gave his life, are alive today, these ideas have followers today, and people are willing to fight for these ideas today. Because these ideas are immortal!
Translated by Greg Butterfield