Talk:Nikos Zachariadis

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A few gaps?[edit]

There are some notable gaps in this article. There is no reference to Zachariadis' purging the KKE of important figures, most significantly Ares Velouchiotis. His failure to face up to what was happening after Varkiza has often been criticised. Another, huge, error was taking over the leadership of the Democratic Army from General Markos, and then decreeing that it would fight as a 'regular' army, rather than using guerrilla tactics, which was always going to be a disaster given the disparity in forces with the 'National' army. (I would do this myself but Zachariadis is not my top priority at the moment.) Bougatsa42 (talk) 04:22, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

Nor any mention of Boulkes, prison islands, persecution of ELAS fighters etc etc. As no one is willing to address any of these issues, I have inserted a neutrality warning. Bougatsa42 (talk) 06:06, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Bougatsa42 the issues you raise are about the article being incomplete and not about POV. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:08, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Well, if something is carefully written/edited to portray someone/thing in an unnaturally favourable light, I would say that this is POV, given the many criticisms that have been made of Zachariadis, including that he was an egomaniac, or totally off his head. I actually meant to mention the following as well: 'However, following the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953, Zachariadis clashed with the new Soviet leadership and with an opportunist segment of KKE's cadre, despite his support by the large number of party members.' A number of people devoted much energy to getting rid of Zachariadis, while in exile, for the above reasons. Defining them as opportunistic does not seem encyclopedic to me. And where are the figures on all this support?

I also forgot to mention compulsory conscription ... Bougatsa42 (talk) 10:33, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Restoration of neutrality warning[edit]

I have restored the neutrality warning. There has been absolutely no attempt to make the article objective.

E.g. 'The open military intervention of Great Britain and of the USA, combined with the traitorous [sic] behavior of the Jugoslav leadership after 1948, led to the defeat of the Democratic Army of Greece in 1949. The KKE leadership and the remnants of the Democratic Army fled into exile in the USSR and the People's Democracies.'

So Zachariadis's sacking of Markos in favour of Gousios, and turning the DSE into a 'regular' rather than guerrilla army, despite the huge disparity in numbers compared with the opposing forces, didn't contribute? Not to mention the forced conscription and the victimisation of former members of ELAS, and various other practices which undermined morale within and destroyed the DSE's reputation without. Do me a favour ... Bougatsa42 (talk) 09:59, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

last phrase[edit]

The phrase // the party has adopted the view that things only began to go wrong in the Soviet Union after the death of Stalin// is debatable and the link provided rather irrelevant. For such a strong claim a much better source is needed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:52, 29 August 2015 (UTC)