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(The Young Guard)
|20 January 1908|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
A Complete History of the Pskovian Aggression is a historical chronicle and popular propaganda piece for communist Russia, detailing the perceived oppression and genocide of ethnic Russians by the nation of Pskov, and the subsequent "liberation" of the city by Russian forces and her allies.
The book is written by Iosef Mendeleev, a Russian national of German and Russian descent born in northeast Belarus, who became a key figure in the communist movement in Pskov, before his subsequent exile in Russia after Pskovian crackdown against the ideology. Written in the aftermath of the Russian conquest of Pskov, Mendeleev's history is quick to praise Russian advancements in the region, and the perceived justice the communists inflicted against the city of Pskov. Since its publishing by «Молодая гвардия» (The Young Guard), A Complete History of the Pskovian Aggression has become one of the most popular book in Russia and other communist nations or allies.
A Complete History of the Pskovian Aggression begins with Pskov's origins, which Mendeleev imagines as occuring in the late twelfth century. The area is said to have been home to pagan influences since the ninth century, and a backwater region unaffected by Russian advancements in neighboring areas. During the Mongol invasion of the Rus' in the early thirteenth century, Pskov is said to have been spared by the Mongols after it surrendered its riches to the invaders, and promised to enslave the resisting Russians. Additionally the Mongol leaders are said to have allied with Pskov when they discovered the city to be a strictly non-Russian and even Mongol-oriented city.
In 1241 the Teutonic Knights attempted to cleanse Pskov of its pagan and Islamic influences, but were repulsed by the "false prophet" Daumantas, a converted Muslim and partial Mongol. For years Daumantas and the Christians of Germany and Russia battled, before Pskov finally managed to form an independent empire, forged from the surrounding area it had enslaved or scorched during the conflict. Attempts were made by pious Russians to subjugate the city, however by 1400 it had rebelled once more under Afanasiy Vladimirovich Shuyski "the Traitor", who robbed the city's Muscovite churches for funds.
During the Northern War the Pskovians opened the Russia's defenses to the invading Scandinavians, and actively took part in the pillaging of the region, allowing it to profit off the early exploitation of weakened Muscovy and Novgorod. Pskov called this time the "Golden Decade", after the piles of gold it stole from the innocent. This new found wealth was invested in Russian slavery, a practice inherited from the Golden Horde, Pskov's ally, as well as in weapons of war for aggressive conquest.
Russian slaves were put to work creating heathen contraptions at sea, which Pskov sought to use to reach China by sea and deport the Russians. Thousands died in the harbors of the north under Pskovian rule. Under the rule of Ilya Romanovich Shuisky "the Warmonger" Pskov brutally established dominance over the surrounding area near its city, hoping to maximize its profits and control over native Russians. During this time it is reported that Pskov particularly took advantage of slavery in Perm, which it had helped the Golden Horde to ravage and conquer. The Pskovian "Rape of Perm" would become a rallying call during the subsequent Russian counter attacks.
In the mid sixteenth century the powers of Russia united once more and attacked Pskov, burning the entire city to the ground. However, Pskov cheated its way out of death, and forced its population of 200,000 Pskovians and slaves to build a wall of bodies and rubble, and managed to hold the city. Pskov made ill promises to remove enemy forces, before turning on the Russians once more. Under Dimitri Borisovich Sokolov "the Devil", Pskov impaled tens of thousands of Russians and Christians to flood the Cherhinka River, preventing Russians from reaching the ensuing battle on the river, and ensuring Pskovian independence.
Whereas the Russian army employed only Christians, Pskov's army of thousands of slaves, Tartar heathens, and Scandinavian mercenaries eventually overpowered the Russians, who sued for peace to end the indiscriminate bloodshed by Pskov. In the sixteenth century Pskov again expanded into the Baltic region, conquering the innocent region of Livonia and calling for the slaughter of thousands of Germans in the region. After the ill reign of Stepan Ilych Lavrov "the Bloodthirsty", the throne of Pskov passed to Elena Mikhailovna Kondratieva, called by all accounts a former whore and a product of incest between various Tartar merchants and slavers.
The Pskovians created an empire of slave fiefs and oppressed peoples, in which native Russians, Germans, and other groups were killed in large amounts. In the nineteenth century Pskov's tyrannical rule led to the uprising of thousands of oppressed minorities, who identified with the communist movement to help gain power. Pskov responded with a disastrous campaign to genocide its own population, pushing the communist movement out of its borders. Russia responded to this mass genocide and suppression of human rights, and organized a "Coalition of Liberation" with Poland and other allies, who invaded Pskov soon after.
The Russian People's Socialist Republic easily overpowered Pskov's weak and outdated army, and liberated the city from years of oppression. The Russians immediately ended the genocide of native Russians and communists, and ended Pskovian slavery. It was uncovered that the city of Pskov itself had remained in a technological dark age, with no human rights or basic modern amenities, creating a breeding ground for disease and death. Pskov was burned completely and utterly to the ground, as retribution and rightful punishment for centuries of corrupt and oppressive rule.
The story ends by describing how the area, now known rightfully as Pleskov, is merely a marker in the rail lines into Russia, with outlandish and ghoulish ruins poking out of the hill side. The city's slaves and oppressed minorities, through the grace of the Russian government, are described as adjusted to modern life, experiencing a quality of life never before possible in Pskov.
Pskovian as an Ethnicity
Throughout A Complete History of the Pskovian Aggression, Mendeleev rationalizes the idea of Pskovian genocide of "true" Russians by proposing the idea that Pskovian is in fact a distinct and less pure ethnicity. Pskovian is said to have originated from Tartar breeding with inferior or enslaved Russians, as well as with other ethnic groups of northern and eastern Europe. The Pskovian race is believed to have originated in the fourteenth century, possibly from Tartar colonists of formally Russian lands after the Mongol invasion. Pskovian customs included incest and inbreeding as a cultural norm, and birth defects and mental disorders among Pskovians were common.
Pskovians culturally were Muslim, or in some cases hybrid forms of pagan influenced religions. Additionally a so called "false Catholicism" was practiced, as a bastardization of Christianity that insulted both legitimate Christians, and was used to oppress the nation's citizens, through a strictly corrupt church structure loyal to the central government. Pskov's religion of Christianity was used to control the masses, and is an example of extreme corruption and oppression in line with communist teachings. Formed probably in the late sixteenth century, this religion was born from the nation's attempts to appease its neighbors with false assurances, and create a structure deeply ingrained in slavery and caste that made advancement in Pskovian society impossible. Because of its origins and strictly traditional hierarchy, Pskov's religious institutions were often a form of feudal slavery and fiefdom.