Taking the LEK


Elidor Mehilli, drawing upon Albanian archives for his study “From Stalin to Mao, Albania and the Socialist World”* made the observation that in the early 1960s the

“Albania’s party devised a special hard currency solidarity fund to assist Marxist-Leninists groups around the world. Initially it consisted of 700,000 US dollars. China issued half a million, and the rest came from internal funds. Here was the ruling party of a country that still struggled to feed its inhabitants, projecting itself as a source of revolutionary activism in the Third World and in Western Europe. In 1964, the party Secretariat disbursed money to marginalized Polish Marxist-Leninists; the Belgian Communist Party; the Communist Party of Brazil; the Communist Party of Peru; the Italian Marxist-Leninist paper Nuova Unita; and groups in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Columbia. Activists in Australia and Ceylon were hired as foreign correspondents for the party daily. Small sums also went to a coterie of Marxist-Leninist characters in Paris and London (the short lived Committee to Defeat Revisionism, for Communist Unity), as well as in Vienna. The United States-based Hammer and Steel received modest contributions as well. Beyond the funds, Albanian officials established direct links with Iranian Marxist-Leninists (the Revolutionary Organisation of the Tudeh Party held its first congress in Tirana in 1965). Indonesian students enrolled in Tirana’s university, and a few Indonesian Communist officials were treated to paid vacations.”

  • Cornel University Press 2017 p218

These organisations were amongst the Communist and Workers’ Parties and Marxist-Leninist groups that sent greetings to the fifth congress of the Party of Labor of Albania held in Tirana from November 1 to November 8, 1966. Their flattering messages among the 28 republished in a 212 paged pamphlet from the <Naim Frasheri> Publishing House, purveyors of Albanian propaganda material

[ Text can be downloaded from here : https://archive.org/details/communistworkers00part ]

Tirana 1964

Figure 1 Article from the newspaper of the CDRCU

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