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Fyodor Raskolnikov

Bolshevik, activist of the October Revolution, Commander of Red fleets on the Caspian and the Baltic during the Russian Civil War. After 1930, Raskolnikov served as Soviet ambassador in Estonia, then Denmark, and Bulgaria. In March 1938, he was called back to the USSR, but refused to return.

Fyodor Raskolnikov

Bolshevik, activist of the October Revolution, Commander of Red fleets on the Caspian and the Baltic during the Russian Civil War. After 1930, Raskolnikov served as Soviet ambassador in Estonia, then Denmark, and Bulgaria. In March 1938, he was called back to the USSR, but refused to return.

On the eve of war you disrupt the Red Army, the love and pride of our country, the bulwark of its might. You have beheaded the Red Army and the Red Navy. You have killed the most talented commanders, those who were educated through experience in the world war and the civil war, headed by the brilliant Marshal Tukhachevsky. You exterminated the heroes of the civil war, who had reorganised the Red Army in accordance with the most up-to-date military technique, and made it invincible. See more

At a terrible moment of war-danger, when the spearhead of fascism is aimed at the Soviet Union, when the struggle over Danzig and the war in China are merely preparing places d’armes for future intervention against the USSR, when the principal object of German and Japanese aggression is our motherland, when the only possible means of preventing war is for the Soviet Union to enter openly into the international bloc of democratic states, concluding as soon as may be a military and political pact with Britain and France, you waver, hesitate, vacillate like a pendulum between the ‘axes’.

In all your calculations in politics, both external and internal, you proceed not from love for the motherland, which is alien to you, but from animal fear of losing your personal power.