Cucumber Khan wrote:
jhelb wrote:As we all know that Churchill had a tremendous hatred towards Russians. In fact on his command the UK dropped 50,000 chemical bombs on Russia.
In two months at the end of the First World War, between August and September 1918, Churchill authorised the M Device - shells with chemical tips - to be dropped over villages and military posts held by the Bolsheviks in northern Russia.
Thousands of innocents civilians were killed across Northern Russia.
My question is why did Russia never avenge this war crime?
The bolsheviks were soon about to use poison gas against russian peasants themselves. Not to mention murdering scores by more "conventional" means. Nobody in the bolshevik leadership cared one jot about the lives of innocent russians. They were a bunch of murderers themselves.
It's funny because the Tambov Rebellion had it been quelled by the Tsarist authorities would have meant the whole population displaced and killed not "thousands" and Northern Russia? Tambov is Northern Russia now? And it is also funny because the guys who rebelled against the Bolo's were Bolo's themselves. Nevermind the fact that it became very clear that the War Communism measures were ultimately the only fit ones to actually stay independent, something the said peasants, like always, saw less relevant than their local economy. Personally, being Albanian and having had my own area suffer from out of touch, archaic Village elders back in the Ottoman times I couldn't agree more with dekulakisation and the process of generally having a self-counscient population. While the Tambov rebellion was a far more grey matter than Bolo's bad, Anto's good, the crux is that the underpinnings of that crisis were the fact that the Russuian peasantry was burden to the level of development of the whole nation. And the fact that kulaks tried time and again to break the equality line by holding back grain, currency and manpower is yet to be disproved by any historian. The fact that the westerners don't like to talk about the real issue peasantry posed to most of them during the 18th-19th modernisation period (and for some like Italy, Portugal or even Bavaria well into the 20th century) is a telltale that the peasant problem has always been a burden.
At the end the violence and monstruosity of the Bolo's was a distinctive feature of how the federal-local economical interest dispute plaid out everywhere (hint think about the US). A full scale civil war will all the state of the art inputs you had then.