Talk:Andrei Zhdanov

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Ideology[edit]

There was not much about Zhdanovshchina, a very important doctrine, as it officially lasted in the USSR from 1946-1952 and unofficially until 1958. An especially important omission is how this doctrine suggested that the world was split into two opposing camps, namely, the “imperialistic”-led by the United States and the “democratic”-led by the Soviet Union, using Cold War terminology that also began in 1946 Also, the one sentence that came to define Zhdanovshchina, “The only conflict that is possible in Soviet culture is the conflict between good and best", was not included. Lastly, the anti-formalism campaign was not listed, which targeted famous composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich. My edits may be seen in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Zhdanov#Ideology . Let me know if the information added is correct in your opinion as well as how relevant/important this information is. Feel free to expand upon this section as I'm curious about any more information on this subject, the section is still relatively small. The information I added was from the World Heritage Encyclopedia under the Zhdanovshchina article- [ http://www.worldheritage.org/article/WHEBN0001312768/Zhdanovshchina ]

Statue[edit]

  • In Mariupol there is a statue of Zhdanov, the inscription of which reads "He was Good to His Mother". (Naturally, the inscription is in Russian.) I have been to Mariupol on two occasions and have personally seen this statue. It is one of the few remaining statues left over from the communist era. If I travel back to that area again in the near future I will be sure to have a photo taken. In the meantime, I would like to resubmit the text without fear that the Wikipedia Admin Overlord will remove it as vandalism. I would also point out that I was the originator of the Mariupol entry in the Wikipedia in the first place (on my other machine), but it is of no consequence... --Coreyjahns 04 March 2006 (UTC)


What about giving more relevant information about that famous statue, instead of the sarcastic graffiti? I'm sure you can find more info without even travelling back to Mariupol. Street? Sculptor? Perhaps some url? BTW, I admit that Zhdanov deserves the sarcasm, but I don't think it belongs in Wikipedia. --Filius Rosadis 20:56, 4 April 2006 (UTC)


Where did you infer sarcasm? I meant none. I saw no sarcasm in the statue or, when speaking with others about it, ever heard a sarcastic tone or inflection used. Remember this is a different culture, with different values, than Western culture. Even a good Communist may well have had values or morals or ethics deeply rooted in the Orthodox Church. Additionally, your definition of graffiti differs from mine: this was the official inscription of the statue, not a scribbled sign of disrespect. Again, there was nothing in my text to, I believe, give you that impression. In closing, I would hope that the same person who removed my text from the article now reconsider the action, as I do really think the statue and inscription does indeed offer an insight into the character, if only a small insight, of the man. --Coreyjahns 07 March 2006 (UTC)

Andriy Zhdanov?[edit]

Andriy Zhdanov? there is no question what's the most common spelling of this name in English: It's Andrei Zhdanov--Termer (talk) 00:22, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Siege of Leningrad[edit]

This article needs much more about the Siege, to balance the bad with the good.--Jack Upland (talk) 10:26, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Could you post a source? That would help. --Nug (talk) 21:26, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
Do we "balance the bad with the good" in any article? Xx234 (talk) 13:06, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Zhdanov took a leading role during the Siege of Leningrad during World War Two is rather superficial.Xx234 (talk) 13:18, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

A politician?[edit]

Russian Wikipedia says deyatel, I don't know how to translate the word but rather not politician. Party activist and politician ? Party and state activist? He did what he was told to do, is it a politician? Xx234 (talk) 13:09, 26 January 2015 (UTC)