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The chairman of the Stop the War Coalition and a member of the Communist Party of Britain, Murray has been criticised for a 1999 Morning Star editorial in which he argued, in essence, that the west has committed crimes against humanity as well so therefore Stalin doesn't deserve as much criticism as he gets:
Next Tuesday is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Josef Stalin. His career is the subject of a vast and everexpanding literature. Read it all and, at the end, you are still left paying your money and taking your choice. A socialist system embracing a third of the world and the defeat of Nazi Germany on the one hand. On the other, all accompanied by harsh measures imposed by a one-party regime. Nevertheless, if you believe that the worst crimes visited on humanity this century, from colonialism to Hiroshima and from concentration camps to mass poverty and unemployment have been caused by imperialism, then [Stalin’s birthday] might at least be a moment to ponder why the authors of those crimes and their hack propagandists abominate the name of Stalin beyond all others. It was, after all, Stalin’s best-known critic, Nikita Khrushchev, who remarked in 1956 that “against imperialists, we are all Stalinists”