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Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2006 9:33 AM To: H-Net Russian History list Subject: Re: No man, no problem quotation: QUERY This is not actually Stalin's words. This is a quote from the novel by Anatoli Rybakov Deti Arbata" (1987), which was very popular during the perestroika period and still popular. In part 3, chapter 9, a character, named Berezin, remembers Stalin words told to him in 1918 about former Tsarist's army officers, which have been sentenced to death: "Death solves all problems: no man, no problem". Veronica Usacheva CCRS, RAS 2) From: Alexander Kulik [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2006 12:20 PM To: H-Net Russian History list Subject: Re: No man, no problem quotation: QUERY Re: No man, no problem quotation: QUERY The phrase was invented by Anatolij Rybakov ("Deti Arbata") Alexander Kulik (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 3) From: Mac McIntosh [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2006 4:03 PM To: H-Net Russian History list Subject: Re: No man, no problem quotation: QUERY Grover Furr asks for the source for this quote long attributed to Stalin as a key to his political philosophy i.e. Kill anyone that gets in your way. While I tend to think this philosophy first started being articulated by Stalin during his stint as Commissar of Nationalities in the 1918 period. While I don't have a specific source for this quote I do recall that Milovan Djilas said in his book "Conversations with Stalin " something quite similar -- As I recall it went something like Stalin saying to Djilas -- Tito has no problems --He has managed to kill them all. I am sure Grover Furr has the book by Djilas and could look up the specific quote. It has been awile since I have read Djilas. mac mcintosh www.acecapture.co.nz 4) From: Grover Furr, Fastmail [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, April 03, 2006 3:23 PM To: H-Net Russian History list Subject: Re: No man, no problem quotation: QUERY Concerning the supposed "Stalin" quotation "Death solves all problems: no man, no problem." My thanks to Vladimir Bobrov and to Professor Veronica Usacheva, both of whom pointed me towards Rybakov's _Deti Arbata_. Guided by this hint I soon located an article that specifically debunks this spurious "Stalin quotation: Simeon Lipkin, "Sobstvennaia zhizn' - eto klad." _Znamia_ No. 1, 1998. The article is full of the usual anti-communist, and anti-Stalin, claptrap. For example, like Yakovlev Rybakov was convinced that Stalin had Kirov murdered! But asked by Yakovlev (the late Alexandr N.) where he got this quotation from, Rybakov allegedly replied: "It's possible that I heard it from someone; it's possible that I made it up myself." It's at http://magazines.russ.ru/znamia/1998/1/lipkin.html However, it seems that Rybakov was being coy here. There are at least two other articles online in which he is quoted as having created this "Stalin quotation" out of thin air! They are: * 1998 - http://www.kultura-portal.ru/tree_new/cultpaper/article.jsp?number=4&rub ric_id=1000099 * 2000 - http://www.lebed.com/2000/art2172.htm Sincerely, Grover Furr Montclair SU