Mirsaid Sultan Galiev, c. 1919. Communist, warrior, and wouldn’t you know it, a poet. Executed by Stalin in 1940 for promoting Muslim ideology within communism, he remained a passionate Bolshevik:
The love for my people, which lies inherently inside me, draws me to them. I go to them not with a goal to betray our nation, not in order to drink its blood. No! No! I go there because with my whole spirit I believe in the rightness of the Bolsheviks’ cause. I know this; it is my conviction. Thus, nothing will remove it from my soul.
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