Paraphrasing the well-known words of Luther, Russia might say:

‘Here I stand on the border line between the old, capitalist world and the new, socialist world. Here, on this border line, I unite the efforts of the proletarians of the West and of the peasantry of the East in order to shatter the old world. May the god of history be my aid!’

It was, of course, comrade Joe, in Baku in 1920 (Collected Works, volume 4, p. 406). No wonder they used to call him ‘The Priest’ when he was a Bolshevik leader in Georgia before the revolution.