Communism at "Peace"
An Outline of Non-Wartime Communist Atrocities
"Order no.7: In the event of
an unauthorized exit of a
registered [Cossack] family,
the family shall be shot."
"Order no. 8: This execution shall
be carried out among every
family member."
"Order no. 9: All property of the
executed [Cossack] shall be
confiscated and given to the poor."
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--Communism vs. Collective Laborers
160 dead.................East German strikers (47).
    demonstrators killed after protesting a
    10% increase in work quotas.   
110 dead................Nicaraguan strikers
    executed by the sandinistas after
    demanding back pay (48).   
  31 dead................Novocherkassk strikers (Kruschev)
    24 killed on the spot; 7 later
    executed; over 100 workers arrested. (49)
  51 dead...............Peruvian union leaders (50).  
106 dead................Polish strikers
    Poznan demonstrators killed after
    protesting working conditions & pay
    issues; others killed in later strikes;
    thousands attacked by military (51)
3,000 dead.............Soviet strikers (Lenin /Trotsky)
    some shot / others, as N. Werth de-
    scribes,"loaded onto barges and then
    thrown by the hundreds into the Volga
    with stones around their necks" (52).



Massive factory protests in China
                                           strikers beaten back by 30,000 red
                                    soldiers after disputing wages (53).
Striking outlawed in Cuba  (54).
                              organizers sentenced to as many as 26
                                          years in prison (55).
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--Communism vs. Landowners
3 million dead.............Chinese landowners (6)
    --No victims in any category below have been double-counted.
    --Outside Peru, no war-related deaths or imprisonments have been included.
--Communism vs. Cossacks
400,000 dead or deported ethnics  (20)
photo: bolshevik instructions on "the
need to do away with the cossacks." (
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6,000 dead..............................Ashaninka (Peru/luminoso-22)         
--Communism vs. Homosexuals
100,000s imprisoned............Soviet gays in slave labor camps, many of whom died (45)

--Communism vs. Native Americans
11,000 arrested...................Polish gays (44)
--Communism vs. Unclassified Dissidents
--Communism vs. Villagers
5,000  dead.....................Albanian dissidents (24).
--Communism vs. Religion
500 dead.........................Peruvian gays, bisexuals, and transgendered (43)
340,000 dead.............Tibetan rural (5)
400,000 dead.............Cambodian rural (1)
5 million dead..............Soviet peasants (4)
19.5 million dead..........Chinese peasants (2)
47,000 dead ..................Cambodian Budhists (9)   
250,000 dead.............Ethiopian nomads (3)
moreover
25,000 imprisoned.............Cuban gays and other "deviants" (42)
5,000 imprisoned...................Ashaninka (Peru/luminoso-22)
10,000 forcibly relocated.........Ashaninka (Peru/luminoso-22)
35 destroyed......................Ashaninka communities (Peru/luminoso-22)
35,000 imprisoned or forcibly relocated.....Nicaraguan tribesmen  (Sandinistas-23)            
300,000 dead.............Soviet kulaks, dying during deportation. (7)
100,000 dead.............Vietnamese landowners (8)  
13,000 imprisoned.........Czech priests / religious (10)   
7,000 imprisoned.........Mozambican Jehova's Witnesses (11)
100,000 imprisoned.........North Korean Christians (12)
400 dead...................Romanian Christians (14)
200,000 dead...................Soviet clergy (15)
2,000 dead ...................Tibetan monks & pilgrims (18).
10,000s dead......................Angolan dissidents (25)
29,000  dead.....................Bulgarian dissidents (26).
1 million dead......................Cambodian dissidents (27).
43 million dead.......................Chinese dissidents (28).
16,000 dead......................Cuban dissidents (29).
44,000 dead.........................East German dissidents (31).
50,000 dead.........................Hungarian dissidents (33).
21,857 dead......................Polish dissidents (37).
8 million dead.......................Soviet dissidents (39)
10,000 dead.........................Ethiopian dissidents (32)
3,000 dead ........................Nicaraguan dissidents (34).
120,000 dead......................Romanian dissidents (38)
2,100 imprisoned..........Polish priests & Jehova's Witnesses (13)
1.6 million dead....................North Korean dissidents (36).
425,000 dead.....................Tibetan dissidents (40).
numbers are impossible to quantify (46).
Moreover, 11,000 Nicaraguans were tortured at the
hands of the Sandinistas.  This included their being
  • skinned alive & then executed
  • drawn & quartered
  • forced to watch wives and
    daughters sexually assaulted.
  • caged in cubicles less than a square meter
  • "punished" via electric shock
  • deprived food and water (35)
  • crucifixion
  • drowning
  • beheading
  • boiling alive
  • burying alive
  • mutilation (41)
Chinese gays were targeted for persecution although
Moreover, Tibetans suffered the following atrocities at
the hands of the Chinese.  They faced
Moreover, in Cuba's concentration camps, inmates faced
the following "punishments." They were forced to
  • "cut grass with their teeth"
  • endure "mock executions"
  • live in iron cages "1 meter
      wide, 1.8 meters high"
  • sit for hours in toilet ditches
  • withstand shock treatment
  • die by the hundreds from starvation
       and lack of medical attention (30)
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  • Christians were forced to swallow fecal
       matter as a symbol of holy com-
       munion
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Near the point of drowning, the
Christian's head was let up for
air and then plunged back into
the sewage
(65).
  • In a "baptism of immersion," in-
      mates' heads were plunged into
     buckets of urine and feces, while
     guards chanted baptismal rites.
  • Christians were forced to kneel before
       bedpans, crossing themselves as in-
       mates defecated
Here, the term refers to those who are traditionally defined as "political dissidents," but also,
    in a more general sense, to anyone whose behavior breaks with (or is suspected to break with)
    authority's demand for unity among the proletariat. Here we find the artist, the intellectual,
    even the teller of political jokes or the glib parents turned in by their own children, or the
    scapegoat of the scapegoat who is trying to shine the spotlight away from him or herself
    in order to escape communism's horrors. The term also refers to those unfortunate victims of
    communism who were arrested in order to fill arrest quotas (60). Often, the above dissidents were
    referred to as enemies of the people although many such "enemies of the people" fall into one of
    the earlier categories and thus, for our purposes, may not be included with the dissidents. Perhaps
    the most difficult victims to classify are those urban residents who were killed during the Great
    Leap Forward, (64) although for our purposes they too are considered dissidents.  

    And then there are questions outside the scope of the above chart that are still relevant to the
    the overall totals--questions that must be dealt with, such as how many people did Stalin kill.  
    At the low end of the spectrum we find Yale professor Timothy Snyder's estimate of 6 to 9 million
    unnatural deaths under Stalin (61), and at the upper end of the spectrum we find British historian
    Norman Davies' claim of 50 million deaths (62).  Somewhere in the middle is historian and American
    Medal of Freedom winner Robert Conquest's oft-cited estimate of at least 20 million deaths (63).  

    Perhaps the best we can do is err on the conservative side and in so doing, arrive at figures
    that are almost impossible for communist apologists to rebut. For example, in an
    effort to limit the death figures to peacetime deaths, I have not included figures from the first
    Soviet famine since it was thinly connected to previous war and intermittent climate disruption.  
    This choice lowers the death toll for all communist countries from 90 million to around
    85 million. Such logic governs many of the choices made over the course of compiling these facts
    and statistics, as do other attempts to err on the low side when calculating the number of deaths
    under communism. Concerning the number of deaths due to Stalin alone,  I've chosen to veer
    toward professor Snyder's estimate, which is also consistent with Stephane Courtois'
    count of 20 million Soviet peacetime casualties in all regimes.  And certainly neither Snyder
    nor Courtois are communist apologists, especially considering that the latter was one of the
    chiefs behind The Black Book of Communism,  the bible for anti-communists. This choice
    is consistent with the overall means for determining numbers. When choosing from a range
    of numbers, I've typically chosen the lowest number  (in addition to Snyder's Stalin count,
    see "Cambodian clergy killed")  or a median number  (see "Chinese landowners killed").  

    But ultimately, the purpose of this website is educational--to chart communism's casualties
    in a format in which its horrors can quickly and accessibly be comprehended. If forced to
    answer the question how many people did communism kill, I would have to approximate--
    after totalling the deaths from all demographics--that peacetime communism killed  85 million
    people. While this figure is a conservative estimate, the number is high enough that
    it puts communist apologists in the unenviable position of having to pretzel themselves into
    embarrassingly bad logic and outright falsehoods over the course of 34 point-by-point
    calculations, all for the privilege of arguing that it was only 30 or 40 million innocents who
    were slaughtered by their mentors.


Moreover, Christians suffered the following in Romanian prison:
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(66).
(66).
Last updated: July 29, 2017