Symbol of the Communist Party of Chile -- Image via party's website
Today is the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics -- the world's first workers' socialist state -- on December 30, 1922. We have translated this statement from the original Spanish by the Communist Party of Chile in honour of this momentous event:
The Communist Party of Chile salutes and commemorates the decision of the Bolsheviks 100 years ago under the leadership of Lenin, to found the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). It was not only a decision of the Russian people under the leadership of the Communists, but in conjunction with the numerous peoples who populated the vast empire of the tsars. It was a qualitative leap that made it possible to transform this semi-feudal state into a great political, economic and military power, under the leadership of the working class triumphant in the October Revolution.
The Russian Revolution defeated the military aggression of the capitalist powers of Europe, Asia and the USA. The new State achieved a development with growth rates that allowed it in a few years to get out of backwardness. After defeating the aggression of Hitler's Nazism, at the expense of millions of its children and with a devastated country, it managed to recover and conquer the cosmos, dominate nuclear energy and transform itself into a power.
The growth of the USSR encompassed all the republics that made up its territory; Huge leaps in social development beyond the economic.
The USSR meant an enormous stimulus to the peoples and also material aid to the struggle against colonialism and for liberation from capitalist exploitation. The European welfare states were a consequence of the struggle of their workers and the fear of the capitalists in the face of proletarian revolutions inspired by the USSR.
Today the USSR does not exist, but we have it every day in the existence of the People's Republic of China, in the triumph and development of Vietnam, in the persistence of Socialist Cuba, in the survival of Venezuela and Nicaragua, in the liquidation of colonialism in Africa and Asia, in the defeat of the civic-military dictatorship of Chile. In one way or another, the ideology that created it 100 years ago, Marxism-Leninism, points out paths to follow according to the reality of each country and the decisions of its peoples.
LONG LIVE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS (USSR)!
COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHILE