Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Grand Duke Kirill condemns capitalism

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January 17, 1932

Grand Duke Kirill, the "self-styled" heir to the Russian throne has condemned capitalism in his New Year's greeting, reports the Associated Press.   "Capitalism," he said, "has generated into a form of servitude of the peoples to an insignificant minority."

His greeting was published in a small Russian paper in Paris.  "The nations, however, are beginning to open their eyes and struggled against the oppressors is growing. Can capitalism be saved by police dictatorships, or will it be replaced by communism.  Neither the one, nor the other."

Grand Duke Kirill is the father of Grand Duchess Kira, who is "reported to be the choice of the Spanish Prince of the Asturias for his bride."  

His manifesto also stated that "nations would find new forms of social organization which would guarantee real freedom."

The loyal Russian community in Paris was said to be startled by the Grand Duke's remarks.

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