Stalin’s Return. BT Shows Film “Generalissimo” 15:11, 21/12/2005
The state TV channel BT-1 has started retranslation of a non-fiction film documentary about Stalin “Generalissimo”. Stalin was born on December 21, 1879. After the first part of the documentary some historians evaluate the film “Generalissimo” as biased.
In an interview to the Radio Svaboda a historian of Stalin-time repressions Ihar Kuznyatsou stated:
“In fact revival of Stalin, and Stalinism ideas is taking place at the territory of Belarus. The film is made in a rather biased manner: Stalin as a positive figure, but his entourage… He was trying to do something, but something went wrong… Justification of Stalin and especially searching for enemies among other nationalities [are characteristic of this film]. An Anti-Semitic line of the film is clearly seen. Allegedly, that was a problem of revolution, and in addition, the blame for the execution of the White Army officers in Crimea is laid on Trotsky, though it was an initiative of Frunze, Zemlyachko and others”.
The historian notes unreliability of information presented in the film. “In the film Trotsky is connected with Beria, saying that Beria was giving instructions to Trotsky. Many historical facts mentioned contradict the reality,” Ihar Kuznyatsou says. It is stated in the titles that the film “Generalissimo” is made in Ukraine based on a book by Russian writer Vladimir Karpov.
It is necessary to remind that recently in Belarus a tourist and historical object called “Stalin Line” was restored, a book “Europe, bow to Stalin” was published, and the name of Stalin was restored on the facade of Suvorov military school in Minsk.