The Dissolution of the Communist International – Answer to Reuter’s Correspondent
May 28, 1943
Mr. Harold King, Moscow correspondent of Reuter’s Agency, addressed a
letter to J. V. Stalin, Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars
of the U.S.S.R., in which he requested an answer to a question of
interest to the British public. Marshal Stalin replied with the
Dear Mr. King, – I have received your request to answer a question
referring to the dissolution of the Communist International. I am
sending you my answer.
Question: British comment on the decision to dissolve the
Comintern has been very favourable. What is the Soviet view of this
matter and of its bearing on future international relations?
Answer: The dissolution of the Communist International is
proper and timely because it facilitates the organization of the common
onslaught of all freedom-loving nations against the common
enemy – Hitlerism. The dissolution of the Communist International is proper because:
(a) It exposes the lie of the Hitlerites to the effect that
“Moscow” allegedly intends to intervene in the life of other nations
and to “Bolshevise” them. From now on an end is put to this lie.
(b) It exposes the calumny of the adversaries of Communism
within the Labour movement to the effect that Communist Parties in
various countries are allegedly acting not in the interests of their
people but on orders from outside. From now on an end is also put to
(c) It facilitates the work of patriots of all countries
for uniting the progressive forces of their respective countries,
regardless of party or religious faith, into a single camp of national
liberation – for unfolding the struggle against fascism.
(d) It facilitates the work of patriots of all countries
for uniting all freedom-loving peoples into a single international camp
for the fight against the menace of world domination by Hitlerism, thus
clearing the way for the future organization of a companionship of
nations based upon their equality.
I think that all these circumstances taken together will result in a
further strengthening of the United Front of the Allies and other
united nations in their fight for victory over Hitlerite tyranny.
I feel that the dissolution of the Communist International is perfectly
timely – because it is exactly now, when the fascist beast is exerting
its last strength, that it is necessary to organize the common
onslaught of freedom-loving countries to finish off this beast and to
deliver the people from fascist oppression.
May 28, 1943
(Signed) J. Stalin
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