On Lenin’s birthday in Lugansk, people wore Budenovka* and remembered the “Decree on Peace”
Today, April 22, the birthday of Vladimir Lenin was celebrated in Lugansk.
Communists and residents laid flowers at the monument of Lenin and held a solemn meeting devoted to the 147th anniversary of the birth of the first leader of the Soviet Union.
“I think that now is the time to remember the first decree passed by the Communists after the seizure of power – the ‘Decree on Peace,’” commented Maxim Chalenko, leader of the Lugansk Communists, at the event. “This document began a very difficult path to peace.
“Now, when we know how history developed, it seems obvious that the conclusion of peace with Germany at that time was the only correct decision. But in the fall and winter of 1917, it did not appear so unambiguous. Under conditions of a harsh ultimatum from Germany and defying the former allies of Russia, the initiatives of the new government prompted a heated discussion in the country and within the party. The majority rejected the conditions proposed by the German high command, calling it unacceptable and shameful. And only through the titanic efforts of Lenin was the decision to go for peace accepted.
“Threatening his own resignation, Lenin was able to convince the Central Committee of the need to make this difficult step.The decision was made under the cries of ‘traitors’ and ‘Judas.’ The decision was difficult and unpopular. But Lenin understood how badly we needed peace — peace on any terms. It is difficult to imagine how it was possible in those conditions to so delicately and precisely understand exactly the right moment to stake everything for the sake of what was truly desired by the country and people.
“What does this say to us today? Today, too many politicians act only because it will get them momentary support from voters, while avoiding difficult and unpopular steps. They think about ratings, but Lenin taught us to think about the future. One step back, two steps forward. “
* Peaked cap worn by Red Army soldiers in the early years of the Russian Revolution.
Translated by Greg Butterfield