VOA says Stalin's death brings no relief from communism

NEW YORK, March 6, 1953 (UP) -- The Voice of America warned Communist-dominated peoples behind the iron curtain today that the death of Joseph Stalin promises no relief from the "extermination and suppression" he fostered in the Kremlin. "Soviet Communist imperialism and not any one man is the real enemy," the Voice said in broadcasts beamed throughout the world.

A spokesman at Voice of America headquarters in New York said the news of Stalin's death would be exploited for all it is worth in feeding the flame of anti-communism on both sides of the iron curtain.


The immediate slant in news broadcasts transmitted through the world in 46 languages was to emphasize that the death of Marshal Stalin should not result in a slacking of vigilance in the fight against communism.

"The announcement of Marshal Stalin's death is being received by the free world statesmen today with a common determination to maintain unslackened vigilance," a newscaster said. "From all the free capitals spokesmen voiced the belief that the death of the Soviet premier does not alter the fact that Soviet Communist imperialism and not any one man is the real enemy."

Forty-two radio transmitters in the United States carried the broadcasts of the U.S. State Department's information weapon. Relay points surrounding Communist-held territory picked up and amplified the multi-lingual transmissions.


The Voice quoted world leaders in the speculation of who would succeed Stalin, mentioning the three most likely candidates- V.M. Molotov, Georgi Malenkov and L.P. Beria.

"Each of these three is well-reared in the Stalin tradition of extermination and suppression," the Voice said.

Special newscasts were prepared for broadcast into the Soviet Union and the satellite countries. These placed special emphasis on news that would not be carried by Communist-controlled radio stations.

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