Who said ‘Here I Stand’?

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, Ioseb, in Baku in 1920 (Collected Works, vol. 4, p. 406).

Earlier, he had already invoked Luther:

We must discard the antiquated idea that only Europe can show us the way. There is dogmatic Marxism and creative Marxism. I stand by the latter.

Stalin, Collected Works, vol. 3, p. 200


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