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100 million killed by communist regimes - these numbers are pulled out of a hat.

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100 million killed by communist regimes – these numbers are pulled out of a hat. Besides, imperialist regimes, including Hitler, killed just as many. Propaganda.


The 100 million number is based on archival documents. “Hardly taken out of the clear blue sky,” said Paul A. Goble, former special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State and a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia to Polygraph.info. “To get to 100 million, however, requires two things: a relatively high estimate of losses in China from starvation and killings during the Great Leap Forward, and the inclusion of losses of Soviet populations during wartime. With those added, the number is far above 100 million -- probably closer to 150 million.”

The Victims of the Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), a U.S. non-government organization based in Washington, DC, says that the White House estimate of the death toll of communism in the 20th Century is in fact accurate and based on archival and forensic research.

The figure of 100 million victims of communism first emerged in the late 1990s from “The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression,” the product of a joint research by eight academics from different European countries who documented the death toll of communist regimes.

Further debunking by the Polygraph.info

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Reported in: Issue 87
Date: 07.11.2017
Language: Russian
Country: USSR, Russia, US
Keywords: Propaganda, Historical revisionism, Adolf Hitler
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Alexey Pushkov's Twitter account
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