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Russian Opposition is Jewish; Trots try to get Trotsky movie (2017 Russian TV) banned, from Peter Myers

This Russian TV series on Trotsky was a hit in 2017, the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution. It appears that Russians are able to tell the truth about it - that it was a Jewish coup, whereas we still can't.

(1) Russian Opposition is Jewish

(2) Nearly all the leaders of the liberal opposition are Jewish - Jerusalem Post

(3) WSWS Trots want 'anti-Semitic' TV series on Trotsky (Russia, 2017) removed from Netflix

(4) Buy the DVD on eBay "Trotsky (2017) Russian TV Series 8 Episodes with English subtitles"


(1) Russian Opposition is Jewish

From: "Come Carpentier comecarpentier@gmail.com [shamireaders]"

https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2015/03/03/nearly-all-the-leaders-of-the-liberal-opposition-in-russia-are-either-fully-jewish-or-have-jewish-background/

Nearly All the Leaders of the Russian Liberal Opposition Are Jewish, or Have Jewish Background

March 3, 2015

by Kevin MacDonald

It’s obvious that there is a strong Jewish influence in the West opposed to Russia, particularly noticeable among the Israel Lobby and the neocons — Victoria Nuland‘s family ties and her role in the Ukrainian revolution come to mind.

There are many reasons for this, certainly including Russia’s alliance with Iran and Syria at a time when Israel and the Israel Lobby are doing all they can to promote war with both. Quite simply, Jewish hostility stems from the fact that Russia under Vladimir Putin has proved to be far more nationalistic than is good for the Jews or for Israel.

An article in The Jerusalem Post, excerpted below, notes the very prominent role of Jews within Russia in opposing Putin — Putin refers to the opposition as a "fifth column" in Russia. But, in addition to foreign policy differences, there are also overtones of festering resentment about the role of Jewish oligarchs under Yeltsin in looting the country. Nemtsov, as noted in the article, was second in command to Yeltsin.

The article again raises basic issues about Jewish loyalties in the Diaspora. As in the period from 1880 to 1917 (here, pp 66-67), there is a common stance among the organized Jewish community in the Diaspora against Russia, now tinged with Jewish loyalties to Israel at a time when war with Iran has assumed center stage for the Israel Lobby. As in the 1880-1917 period, this has resulted in Diaspora Jewish communities favoring foreign policies that are not necessarily aligned with the interests of the countries they live in but are aligned with international Jewish interests.

From The Jerusalem Post ("Nemtsov murder reminds Russian Jews of lingering anti-Semitism"

A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg, Zicer, 55, has limited hope for change in a country that is ranked 148th in the Press Freedom Index and where several of Putin’s critics have either died under mysterious circumstances or been jailed for what they and many Western observers say are trumped-up corruption charges.

On Sunday, however, Zicer marched through St. Petersburg with 10,000 people, many of them Jewish, in protest of the murder in central Moscow of Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister. Nemtsov, an opposition leader, was gunned down on Saturday just hours after he urged fellow citizens to attend a rally against Russia’s involvement in the war in Ukraine. …

"This murder and the incitement that preceded it is so shocking that I could no longer remain an observer," Zicer said.

Whether or not the Kremlin ordered the killing, as some have accused, Zicer holds the Russian president responsible because of the "the wild incitement he allowed on media in recent months against Nemtsov and other opposition figures."

Kremlin spokesmen have denied any involvement in the slaying.

To many Russian Jews, the murder of Nemtsov — a physicist turned liberal politician, born to a Jewish mother but baptized in the Orthodox Church — is a troubling reminder of vulnerability as members of a relatively affluent minority with a history of being scapegoated, strong ties to the West and a deep attachment to cosmopolitan values and human rights.

As in the U.S. and throughout the West, Jews in Russia adopt views that benefit Jews in the Diaspora, advocating "cosmopolitan values and human rights" while also strongly supporting Israel with its strong ethnonationalist values and systematic oppression and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. Jews correctly see the West as representing cosmopolitan values opposed to the identification of nation with the ethnic or nationalist interests of its traditional peoples, and, as noted here repeatedly and as the main message of The Culture of Critique, the creation of the West as cosmopolitan has been a Jewish project throughout the 20th century, coming to fruition in the 1960s and accelerating in the ensuing decades.

The murder hit Russia’s sizable Jewish intelligentsia particularly hard because "nearly all the leaders of the liberal opposition are either fully Jewish or have Jewish background," said Michael Edelstein, a lecturer at Moscow State University and a writer for the Jewish monthly magazine L’chaim. "His murder is the low point in a process that started about two years ago which has left the Jewish intelligentsia and its milieu feeling more uneasy than ever before in post-communist Russia." …

In an interview conducted with Newsweek hours before his death, Nemtsov said that because of Putin’s policy, Russia’s economy is collapsing.

Russia’s support for separatists in Ukraine was "wading into a costly, fratricidal war in Ukraine and into pointless confrontation with the West," Nemtsov told the magazine.

"We all feel the effects of this insane policy," Nemtsov said, adding that Putin’s use of media reminded him of the Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

Putin responded to such criticisms by referring to opponents of Russia’s actions in Ukraine — and especially the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula — as a fifth column. And though Putin did not name Nemtsov, the president was widely thought to be referring to him, the liberal camp’s most senior politician. Russian media considered to have close Kremlin ties published Nemtsov’s name on lists of suspected traitors that started circulating shortly after those included on the lists expressed their opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014.

Labeling the liberal opposition as a fifth column is tantamount to questioning their loyalty to Russian national interests in retaining close economic and cultural ties with neighboring countries (see John Mearsheimer’s "Why the Ukraine crisis is the West’s fault"). Again, given the divergence in the foreign policy concerns of Russia versus Israel and diaspora Jewish communities, there is more than a whiff here of the charge of disloyalty.

In a 2010 televised interview, Putin said that Nemtsov and other opposition figures stole billions from Russians and would "sell off the whole of Russia" if given the chance.

On the face of it, this would appear to be a reference to the notoriously corrupt, overwhelmingly Jewish oligarchs who ended up controlling the basic industries in Russia during the Yeltsin era. The statement alludes to their lack of feelings and concern for Russia; much of the wealth of the oligarchs ended up in the West in Swiss bank accounts, etc. It truly was a matter of looting Russia by people with no ethnic ties to the Russian people — a financial version of the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution.

"Nemtsov was on every list of traitors published on the Internet and aired on state TV," the Russian-Jewish journalist Leonid Bershidsky wrote on Bloomberg View after the murder.

Bershidsky added, "It did not help that he was Jewish. There was a strong undercurrent of anti-Semitism in the smear campaign."

However, some Russians doubt that Putin would go to the trouble of ordering the assassination of a high-profile figure who ultimately may be more trouble dead than alive. Nemtsov, after all, had failed to gain widespread popularity outside the urban elite and thus never constituted any real political threat to Putin.

Edelstein noted that "there may have been anti-Semitic incitement online and in far-right circles," but "Nemtsov wasn’t perceived as a Jew and wasn’t attacked as such."

The evidence in Nemtsov’s killing, Edelstein believes, "points to ultra-nationalists, perhaps militiamen who fought in Ukraine, perhaps only their sympathizers."

Nemstov himself was open about being born to a Jewish mother and said he rarely felt any discrimination.

Nevertheless, this is a Jewish story and one with sobering implications for how one thinks about the liberal opposition movement in Russia and the demonization of Russia in Western media and political circles.

 

(2) Nearly all the leaders of the liberal opposition are Jewish - Jerusalem Post

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Nemtsov-murder-reminds-Russian-Jews-of-lingering-anti-Semitism-392752

Nemtsov Murder Reminds Russian Jews Of Lingering Anti-Semitism

"His murder is the low point in a process that started about two years ago which has left the Jewish intelligentsia and its milieu feeling more uneasy than ever before in post-communist Russia."

BY JTA   MARCH 3, 2015

During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the chauvinistic policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg, Zicer, 55, has limited hope for change in a country that is ranked 148th in the Press Freedom Index and where several of Putin’s critics have either died under mysterious circumstances or been jailed for what they and many Western observers say are trumped-up corruption charges.

On Sunday, however, Zicer marched through St. Petersburg with 10,000 people, many of them Jewish, in protest of the murder in central Moscow of Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister. Nemtsov, an opposition leader, was gunned down on Saturday just hours after he urged fellow citizens to attend a rally against Russia’s involvement in the war in Ukraine.

No arrests have been made in the killing, which took place on the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion into Crimea. Russia has since annexed the Crimean Peninsula.

"This murder and the incitement that preceded it is so shocking that I could no longer remain an observer," Zicer said.

Whether or not the Kremlin ordered the killing, as some have accused, Zicer holds the Russian president responsible because of the "the wild incitement he allowed on media in recent months against Nemtsov and other opposition figures."

Kremlin spokesmen have denied any involvement in the slaying.

To many Russian Jews, the murder of Nemtsov — a physicist turned liberal politician, born to a Jewish mother but baptized in the Orthodox Church — is a troubling reminder of vulnerability as members of a relatively affluent minority with a history of being scapegoated, strong ties to the West and a deep attachment to cosmopolitan values and human rights.

The murder hit Russia’s sizable Jewish intelligentsia particularly hard because "nearly all the leaders of the liberal opposition are either fully Jewish or have Jewish background," said Michael Edelstein, a lecturer at Moscow State University and a writer for the Jewish monthly magazine L’chaim. "His murder is the low point in a process that started about two years ago which has left the Jewish intelligentsia and its milieu feeling more uneasy than ever before in post-communist Russia." [...]

 

(3) WSWS Trots want 'anti-Semitic' TV series on Trotsky (Russia, 2017) removed from Netflix

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/08/pers-m08.html

Netflix’s Trotsky: A toxic combination of historical fabrication and blatant anti-Semitism

David North and Clara Weiss

8 March 2019

Netflix is currently presenting to its worldwide audience the virulently anti-Semitic television series, Trotsky, which was originally produced by the Russian state in 2017.

Esteban Volkov, Trotsky’s 93-year old grandson, has recently denounced the series as "a political assault, masked as historical drama" and "a justification of the murder of the ‘monster’ called Trotsky." The Latin American edition of the Spanish newspaper El Pais has described the series as the "second assassination of Leon Trotsky" and rejected its portrayal of the revolutionary "as a sadist, a complete traitor, and as a puppet."

What is being presented by Netflix is not history. It is not even an artistic fictionalization of history, in which certain liberties have been taken for legitimate dramatic purposes. Netflix’s series is a monstrously reactionary exercise in historical falsification. There is not a single scene that attempts to depict historical events with any discernable degree of accuracy. Most of the scenes are grotesque fabrications. Not a single character, least of all Leon Trotsky, bears any resemblance to the historical figure the series purports to represent.

To state the issue posed by this series as bluntly and precisely as possible: Netflix’s Trotsky is the most explicitly and unrelentingly anti-Semitic film that has ever been presented to an American and international television audience. It is a frenzied incitement to Jew-hating. The inspiration for this production is the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious Russian anti-Semitic forgery, produced in pre-1917 Russia, that claimed to document an international Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.

The portrayal of all Jewish characters in the movie, beginning with Trotsky, is based on malicious anti-Semitic stereotypes. They are blood-thirsty and self-promoting fanatics, devoid of human pity, contemptuous of the down-trodden masses, and insatiable in their lust for power. They are also obsessed with sex. Most of the male Jewish characters are denigrated in semi-pornographic scenes, a device of anti-Semitic defamation well-known from the propaganda of the Russian far-right and the Nazis.

The Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917 are depicted as the outcome of a Jewish conspiracy, funded from abroad. The origin of the Revolution of 1905 is a criminal pact between Trotsky and Alexander Parvus, who obtains funds from the German government. The October Revolution in 1917, the most monumental social upheaval in history, is depicted as a "coup," orchestrated by Trotsky with the help of only two other well-known Bolshevik leaders who were also Jewish: Lev Kamenev and Grigory Zinoviev.

Trotsky is a demonic figure who revels in death and destruction. Parvus, a significant Marxist theoretician, is motivated by nothing other than insatiable greed and appears like a caricature of the scheming money-grubber familiar from Nazi-era anti-Semitic propaganda films.

Lenin is portrayed as little more than a thug who ultimately falls victim to Trotsky’s conspiracy.

Netflix's Trotsky Trotsky cedes power to Lenin, the series implies, only to guarantee the success of his bid for world power through world socialist revolution. In a totally fabricated conversation with Frank Jacson—his future assassin—Trotsky argues that he handed over power to Lenin because "a Jewish ruler would never stay in power in Russia for even a month" and to pursue "my real, genuine goal." Jacson replies: "Yeah, yeah, I know. To fan the flames of world revolution." And Trotsky continues: "And as a dictator of Russia I would have only made my hands dirty. The path to power does not always go forward. You need to be able to stop and wait."

The film’s Trotsky feels nothing but contempt for the Russian people. In a characteristic scene, Trotsky tells his companion, Natalia: "The people is a weak woman. The people have a female psychology." Natalia replies: "I don’t understand how you can speak with such contempt of the people for whose luck you are, as I understand, fighting." To which Trotsky answers: "Does a people that have suffered tyranny for decades deserve anything else but contempt?"

In another scene, set during the Civil War, Trotsky, ensconced in the Kremlin, plots the extermination of the Russian population. "We are creating a future into which we will by far not take everyone. Let’s say 30, 50 or 70 percent of the population will die, but the rest will come with us into communism… The cruelty [we will employ] will be of biblical proportions... This is the birth of the new world."

The only sympathetic figure in this film is Trotsky’s assassin, the Stalinist agent Jacson (Ramon Mercader). He is portrayed as taking up a noble fight against Trotsky, who, the viewers are made to believe, was a veritable demon. In one scene, Trotsky’s eyes actually turn black. In case viewers miss the point, Mercader says of Trotsky, "He’s literally the devil. He sucks my soul out bit by bit, every day." At the end of the film, the murder of Trotsky is presented as a legitimate act of self-defense by Mercader.

One could cite countless other instances of outrageous, not to mention semi-deranged, fabrications. The series consists of a fusion of hysterical anti-communism and the filthiest anti-Semitic elements of the obscurantist ideologies of the Orthodox Church and virulent Russian nationalism.

The series bears the foul odor of the homicidal anti-Semitism that was propagated by the most reactionary elements in Russia prior to the 1917 Revolution and during the Civil War. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Russia witnessed the most murderous anti-Jewish pogroms. The Tsarist regime viewed anti-Semitism as a powerful ideological weapon that could be deployed against the mounting threat of socialist revolution. The Black Hundreds, led by Vladimir Purishkevich, was only the most prominent of the anti-Semitic forces that were mobilized as shock troops against the socialist movement.

The Bolshevik revolution and the ensuing victory of the working class in the Russian Civil War drove many of the leading ideologues of Tsarist anti-Semitism into exile in Germany, where they played a major role in promoting a deadly form of Jew-hatred that exerted substantial influence on what was to become the Nazi movement. As the historian Michael Kellogg has thoroughly documented in his book, The Russian Roots of Nazism, the future leaders of the Third Reich drew heavily in the formulation of their views on the "conspiratorial-apocalyptic White émigré conceptions of international Jewry as a malevolent force that strove for world domination through dastardly means."

Hitler was introduced in 1919 to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion by his political mentor, Dietrich Eckart. The latter, as documented by Kellogg, "lamented that the ‘Jew Trotskii’ presided over a ‘field of corpses’ that had once been Imperial Russia. He bitterly remarked: ‘Oh, how wise you wise men from Zion are.’" [The Russian Roots of Nazism: White Émigrés and the making of National Socialism 1917-1945, Cambridge University Press, 2005]

Netflix’s Trotsky could have been produced, without any changes, under the auspices of the Nazi regime. Moreover, the fact that the production of this anti-Semitic trash was sponsored by the Putin government testifies to the fundamentally reactionary character of a regime that rules on behalf of criminal oligarchs and desperately fears the resurgence of a revolutionary socialist movement in Russia.

Given the virulently anti-Semitic character of the Trotsky series, one might have assumed that a storm of protest would have greeted Netflix’s distribution and promotion of this film. But nothing of the sort has happened. Despite daily campaigns denouncing anyone who dares issue a word of criticism of the Israeli state’s brutal treatment of the Palestinian people as an anti-Semite, Netflix’s Trotsky has been given a pass. The few reviews in the capitalist media of the United States and Europe that have appeared have made no reference to the film’s blatant anti-Semitism, or even called attention to the innumerable fabrications. The New York Times has not published a review.

In a review published on February 20, The Washington Post’s Luke Johnson notes, without complaint: "The show depicts him [Trotsky] as daring, literate and foreign, reading Freud in Paris and going to a cocaine-fueled soiree, but ultimately violent and destructive." Johnson recalls with amusement that at a viewing of the film at Cannes in 2017, the Russian producer, Konstantin Ernst, sought to promote the show to potential buyers "by jokingly comparing Trotsky’s sexual exploits to Harvey Weinstein’s misconduct."

The failure to denounce the Netflix film, let alone demand that it be removed from the company’s roster, is not confined to the media. Jewish organizations have not issued any protest. The World Socialist Web Site attempted to elicit a statement from the Anti-Defamation League but received no callback. Prominent academics have, with few exceptions, maintained their silence as well.

What accounts for this indifference to the presentation of a viciously anti-Semitic work to a mass audience?

First, the cultural and political climate for this indifference has been created by decades of historical falsifications. In particular, the demonization of Trotsky, including the use of anti-Semitic tropes, has been developed by Western academics since 1991. In their books on Trotsky, both Ian Thatcher (Ulster University) and Robert Service (Oxford University), repeatedly referred to Trotsky as "Bronstein" (Trotsky’s original family name which he, however, never used) to highlight his Jewish origins. Service even changed Trotsky’s first name from "Lev" to "Leiba" (a Yiddish form never used by Trotsky or his parents). He described Trotsky’s family as "plucky Jews", and falsely accused Trotsky of trying to conceal the extent of his father’s wealth. He described Trotsky as "brash in his cleverness, outspoken in his opinions… Trotsky had these characteristics to a higher degree than most other Jews… But he was far from being the only Jew who visibly enjoyed the opportunities for public self-advancement." Service noted that Trotsky’s "real nose was neither long nor bent."

Second, under conditions of mounting political crisis, there is an increasing fear of the growth of interest in revolutionary socialism. The ruling elites and their agents in the media and academia are responding to this threat. The historical lie, as Trotsky wrote, is the ideological cement of reaction.

Anti-Semitism and all forms of racism, in the final analysis, are based on the falsification of history. It must be opposed. There are, no doubt, innumerable historians who know very well that Netflix’s Trotsky is a compilation of lies and fabrications. It is time for them to speak out publicly and register their protest.

The International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site condemn this film as a depraved exercise in historical falsification and anti-Semitic and anti-socialist propaganda. We demand that Netflix withdraw this series from its international network. ==

 

(4) Buy the DVD on eBay "Trotsky (2017) Russian TV Series 8 Episodes with English subtitles"

Peter Myers, March 10, 2019

I don't have Netflix; but I bought a DVD of the Trotsky series on eBay. It says it's region 1, but the seller assured me it will play on any DVD player that supports NTSC.

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Trotsky (2017) Russian TV Series 8 Episodes with English subtitles

Format:            DVD Release Year:        2017    Region Code:     DVD: 1 (US, Canada...) Sub-Genre:        Russian

DVD Edition Year:          2017    Country/Region of Manufacture:           Russian Federation

Director:          Aleksandr Kott, Konstantin Statskiy     

Genre:  BIOGRAPHY HISTORY WAR Leading Role:            Konstantin Khabenskiy, Mikhail Porechenkov, Max M

 

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