An Expose of how fascism on the left, on the right, and in the middle has used and abused children for profit: Nazis, Soviets, Femi-Nazis. 1

Parental Alienation as a Tool for State Control over Children.  Anti-Family Propaganda War in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. 1

Comrade Pavel 2

The Soviet Propaganda Spin on Parental Alienation: Child’s Martyrdom for the State. 4

The U.S. Unique Angle on Controlling Children: Money. 5

A Despised Hero. 5


An Expose of how fascism on the left, on the right, and in the middle has used and abused children for profit: Nazis, Soviets, Femi-Nazis.

“I frequently said and wrote in Mein Kampf: “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people.” I explained that as long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation. It is truly heartwarming to see how well this lesson has been learned by the American government. In the name of children, incursions into the private lives of American citizens have been made that we Nazis would have gazed at with open-mouthed admiration. Does it matter that our bodies failed as long as our spirit still triumphs?

“Adolf Hitler.” From a satirical parody published by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, in a fictitious “letter” by Adolf Hitler from the afterlife.

Parental Alienation as a Tool for State Control over Children.  Anti-Family Propaganda War in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

Anyone who knows even a little about Soviet history must’ve heard of Pavlik Morozov. He is widely infamous as the boy who betrayed his father to Soviet authorities, and was made into a propagandistic model for all Soviet children, meant to inculcate loyalty to the state and vigilance against its “enemies.” The goal was to instill in children the idea that they were soldiers of the World Revolution, acting for the bright future of all humankind, which was far more important than any family ties or their “uneducated” parents.

Comrade Pavel

The stage for the story was set in 1930-32, in the village of Gerasimovka, on the border of the Urals and Western Siberia, some 350 km North-East of the city of Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk, in Soviet times,) notorious for being the city where the last Russian Tsar Nikolas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in July 1918. 

In 1980’s, a Soviet dissident writer and historian, Yury Druzhnikov, conducted the most extensive research of the Pavlik Morozov’s story and published a documentary biography of the “boy hero.”

The essence of the story is best summarized, as follows:

<< In his sensational exposé, Informer 001 or the Myth of Pavlik Morozov, a product of research carried out clandestinely in the Soviet Union between 1980 and 1984, he demolished the long-standing, “official” Soviet version of the young, thirteen-year old “pioneer” (who never was) and communist martyr – designated, in 1934, a Soviet literary hero at the First Congress of Soviet Writers – who had turned in his father to the authorities for [presumably] treasonable activity. The boy was subsequently murdered, according to the authorities, by members of his own family. The young Pavlik did, in fact, denounce his father, but, as Yuri demonstrates, he appears to have been put up to it by his mother, seeking revenge for her husband’s infidelity. As to who actually killed Pavlik, Yuri establishes that it was certainly not family members who were hauled before a Soviet court and subsequently executed. No less a literary figure than Alexander Solzhenitsyn [who] hailed the publication of the book in 1987, claiming that it was “through books such as this that many Soviet lies will eventually be revealed. [1]>>

In 1932, Pavlik Morozov[2], a 13-year-old peasant boy, was murdered together with his 9-year-old younger brother… allegedly by his family, allegedly in revenge for having denounced his father as an “enemy of the People.” The tale was that his father was a kulak who had hoarded grain for his own family’s consumption, instead of giving it to the state. We will never find out “who dunnit,” as pertinent evidence was destroyed by the NKVD GPU investigators. Pavlik’s murder resulted in a show trial near his native village, Gerasimovka, in the little town of Tavda, some 350 km from Yekaterinburg.  His entire family on the father’s side, including his 81-year-old grandfather and 80-year-old grandmother were publicly executed by a firing squad.

Pavlik was lauded as a Soviet hero, among others, by Maksim Gorky (prominent Soviet writer) at the Soviet Writers' Congress in 1934 – and adopted by the “Young Pioneers” (young communists, 7 through 14 years of age) as their patron saint.

The Soviet Propaganda Spin on Parental Alienation: Child’s Martyrdom for the State.

 In reality – it was a typical case of parental alienation. The British researcher Catriona Kelly[3] in her 2005 book Comrade Pavlik: The Rise and Fall of a Soviet Boy Hero (Granta Books, London, 2005; 352 pp.) explored this subject. Although she did not pioneer the subject, nor interviewed Pavlik’s relatives and neighbors, as did a Soviet dissident historian and writer Druzhnikov, she gained access to the OGPU NKVD secret case file. Her charm (and academic reputation) convinced the Russian state security, the FSB (federal security bureau), to lift the shroud of secrecy over the Morozov’s files. Her prior research on children and growing up in the Soviet Union demonstrated an unemotional exploration of the soviet effort to provide children with the country’s best resources. She was permitted access to the   two fat volumes of the Morozov murders. Dr. Kelly is undeniably a nuanced, sophisticated expert on childhood in general, and childhood in the Soviet Union, from 1917 to Russia of nowadays, in particular.


Dr. Kelly notes that children-denouncers are frequently admired in Western democracies, as well (pp. 9-10), such as in alleged cases of sex crimes,  child pornography and child abuse, of which  some are as crudely fabricated as the Morozov’s case that she studied.

The U.S. Unique Angle on Controlling Children: Money


It should be noted that in the West’s recent history, many  such “denunciations from within,” as in cases of the so-called “repressed memories” of a repeated traumatic abuse, the alleged Satanic cults sexually abusing children en mass, turned out to be false stratagems generated by quack psychotherapists with healthy appetites for money and zealous prosecutors with healthy appetites for advancement of their political careers. The reader should be reminded of the child care “sex abuse” hysteria trials that rolled in waves across the US and all of the English-speaking world in late 1970’s, early 1980’s, in a rather Stalinist fashion, that left hundreds of accused languishing for years in prison, before their children grew up enough to state on the record that they had been duped by the eager prosecutors into falsely accusing their parents and teachers.  

Dr. Kelly provides some interesting “Western” angles and conducts invaluable research, which can be gleaned from her Oxford University website[4].

A Despised Hero

Yuriy Druzhnikov researched and published his book in 1980’s, some 17 years before Dr. Kelly.  It was first disseminated in the Soviet Union through the underground publishing, “samizdat” and widely read, despite prohibitions on such literature. It was titled “Informer 001: Voznesenie Pavlika Morozova” (Literaly: Pavlik’s rising to the Communist Heaven.) The book was first published in 1988, in Russian, then in English in 1996, under the title:  Informer 001 or the Myth of Pavlik Morozov.  His research is invaluable for its deep, insider look, and its unique “Eastern” understanding of, and exploration of the issues. The “samizdat” Russian text of his book can be found at 

By the 1980’s the cult of Pavlik Morozov was already largely despised by the Soviet intellectuals. Many saw it as a piece of nocuous propaganda, which at best aggrandized a snitch, at worst – sanctified a traitor to his hungry family,  who became their unwitting murderer.  The creators of the Morozov cult were viewed as literary “ass kissers,” who sold their talents for perks associated with aggrandizing Stalin and his ideas. 

As a result of Professor Druzhnikov’s investigation, a story emerged that was very different from the official propagandist versions:

·        The 11-year-old Pavel (12- or 13-year-old, depending on whose account you want to believe,) had  denounced his father as having anti-Soviet ideas. Pavlik was “encouraged” to betray his father  by his mother  in her   attempt to threaten and scare Trofim, his father, into coming back, after his father had left the family for another woman.

·        Pavlik was murdered, but not by his relatives. Druzhnilov concluded that his death was the result of an opportunistic operation by the low level NKVD operatives to demonstrate the extent of the “anti-Soviet activities by the reactionary forces.”   Although Dr. Kelly depicted a different scenario of Pavlik’s death – at the hands of other boys during a squabble over a gun -- both agree that his family had nothing to do with his murder.  

Druzhnikov implied that FSB gave Dr. Kelly access to the Morozov file because they saw her as instrumental in trying to clear their name of murdering Pavlik and his brother. 

·        Pavlik’s home burned to the ground after the trial and execution of his family; although the villagers saw it as arson, there was no investigation of the fire.

·        The graves of  Pavlik and his brother were mysteriously and secretly moved  overnight. 

·        There were numerous “Pavliks,”  photographic images show  different boys, numerous reports of his death occurring in different areas of the vast Soviet Union.

pavlik-morozov.jpg By the later years of  Soviet power (1960’s – 80’s,) despite the official propaganda,  Pavlik Morozov was not universally regarded as a boy hero, often regarded instead – with contempt, pity and indifference. His life became a symbol of snitching on his family and destroying it to please the State, which  Soviet citizens came to secretly despise, and which ultimately collapsed under the weight of its lies and its contempt for its citizens’ lives and family values. The term “Pavlik Morozov” became synonymous with another political colloquialism, “stukach” (Russian: стукач,) or a paid informer for the state’s secret police.

Thus, there was a recent (2011) headline in a Ukrainian newspaper, the article describing a growing number of “citizens’ reports” to the Ukrainian tax police by neighbors against neighbors and businesspeople against their competitors. It was titled, “Pavlik Morozov Lives On…” conveying a very apparent contempt for the “noble” motives used in such reports.

The masses, however, remained quite thoroughly brainwashed, as a testimony to the effectiveness of the propagandist methods of mass-mind-programming. Writes Russian journalist V. P. Kononenko in “the Truth about Pavlik Morozov: A Chronicle of a Journalist's Investigation of a Court Case:

After my article about Pavlik Morozov was published in the journal Chelovek i zakon (1989, no. 1) [ “The Individual and the Law,”] almost 2,000 letters came in to the editors addressed to me, the author. And in each one of them, with rare exceptions, the readers defended the murdered Pioneer and stood up for his generation. Their hearts were filled with resentment, wrath, and pain. But there was another reaction as well—not from readers but from certain members of the brotherhood of the pen [journalists and writers.] And their attacks resounded with such rage that it became frightening. (Russian Social Science Review, Volume 31, Number 6 / November-December 1990,  Pages:  65 – 88)

The above is a living testimony to the unfortunate result of the 70 years of Soviet power. An era of intellectual intolerance, of belief systems built on propagandistic indoctrination.   A regime that systemically executed its intellectual opponents, i.e. those who dared to deviate in the slightest from the official “party line,” even if only in their thoughts.  Officially, according to the propagandist version of Pavlik’s story, some months after denouncing his father, Pavlik was killed – allegedly by the family of his grandfather – in retaliation for “telling on his father.”  It was a Soviet morality tale: opposing the state was selfish and reactionary; loyalty to the state was the virtue of a higher nature, far more important than family love. As Professor Druzhnikov demonstrated in his book, the myth of the murder of the “young Pioneer” by his father’s family was shamelessly and crudely fabricated.

<<Books, films, and canvases praised Morozov’s courage. In many cities, his statues still stand in bronze, granite, or plaster, holding high the red banner. Schools were named after him, where in special Pavlik Morozov Halls children were ceremoniously accepted into the Young Pioneers. Statuettes of the young hero were awarded to the winners of sports competitions. Ships, libraries, city streets, collective farms, and national parks were named after Pavlik Morozov. His official title is Hero-Pioneer of the Soviet Union Number 001.>>  (Druzhnikov.)

These propagandist concoctions were the subject of compulsory study in all schools. They were glorified in songs, plays, a symphonic poem, a full-length opera, six “official” biographies, hundreds of bronze and marble statues, oil paintings, and a 1936 propaganda film “Bezhin Meadow” (Russian: Бежин Луг,) by the famous Soviet propagandist film-maker, actor and director Sergei Eisenstein. However, The film, ready by 1937, was not released to the public – Pavlik Morozov’s story had become undesirable in the face  of Stalin’s upcoming campaigns:

1.     A push to strengthen the family to combat the growing crime spawned by fatherlessness, and

2.     A new wave of Stalin’s purges – now, in 1937, against the very Red Army commanders who had previously brought death and destruction upon the peasantry during the collectivization of 1929-32.  


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[1] “In memoriam” for Yuri Druzhnikov, professor at the University of California at Davis.

[2] Pavlik Morozov (Russian: Павлик Моро́зов; the diminutive Pavlik is for Paul (or Pavel) [Russian:  Павел] was a Soviet youth glorified by the Soviet propaganda as a martyr for the Soviet government. He had his father and whole family shot by the NKVD troops as members of the “hornets nest” of “kulaks” –  peasants who did not show enough enthusiasm for giving up their every possession to the “collective farm” communes during Stalin’s forced collectivization.


[3] Catriona Kelly, Professor of Russian and Co-Director of European Humanities Research Centre, University of Oxford; specializing in the Russian cultural and social history from the late 18th century; the history of childhood, and Russian national identity in the late Soviet and post-Soviet eras.