The liberations of Leningrad (Jan. 28) and Stalingrad (Feb. 2) marked the triumphant victory of the Soviets over the Nazis, effectively ending German military power during WWII. Stalin’s Operation Mars and Operation Uranus (or, as some like to call it, Operation “The Spanking Heard ‘Round the World”) decisively crushed Hitler’s arrogant sieges on the cities of Volgograd and St. Petersburg, but were also regarded as the most destructive battles in human history, where over 10 million Russians died fighting fascism on the Eastern Front. Too often are their contributions to world peace unreported by WWII revisionists and Western academics. Nevertheless, the world owes much of its freedom to the courageous heroes of the Volga river and deserve thanks and recognition.
Interestingly, few people are aware of the Russian and Soviet contributions to the African-American struggle for liberation, during the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s; a rebirth of Black culture, history, and business unequivocally found itself intertwined in the October Revolution. As the Bolsheviks struggled against the Tsar, Blacks and Africans struggled against America for all the same reasons; their emancipation and right to self-determination, equality, and employment. We at ALLRIOT would like to share 5 interesting facts as a way of saying thanks to our comrades of Black and Red history: