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Reformed Communists Apologise for 1930’s Policy

Published onsdag 6 oktober 2004 kl 14.13

Lars Ohly, leader of Sweden’s reformed communist’s - the Left Party, has made a formal apology to the decendents of the party faithfull that heeded the Swedish Communist Party’s encouragement in the 1930’s to migrate to the Soviet Union.

Many of the Swedes subsequently returned to Sweden - but were cast out of the communist party and labelled traitors after they began to tell of their hardships in the then Stalinist dictatorship.

The party which is a parliamentary support party for the current minority Social Democratic government voted against issuing an apology in 1999. Lars Ohly now admits that that was a mistake - and says his party bears responsibility for their former party comrades’ hardships.

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