We are all very familiar with Bruce Ohr but we know very little about his wife, Nellie, except that she worked for Fusion GPS in relationship to the Hillary dossier, but we really do not know what her actual job was. But what we do know is that she is a communist sympathizer and a Stalin apologist. She calls the millions killed by Stalin, excesses and not murders. Her college thesis was on the benefits of communism. We also know that Bruce Ohr, Glenn Simpson, and even Christopher Steele tried to hide Nellie’s involvement in the dossier.
We know that Steele was a NeverTrumper but Nellie Ohr was an outright communist sympathizer. Ohr’s Ph.D. thesis provides the support –
Nellie Ohr’s Ph.D. thesis is titled “Collective farms and Russian peasant society, 1933-1937: the stabilization of the kolkhoz order”?
“Kolkhoz” order means “collective farm” order, so Ohr’s subtitle refers to the “stabilization” of the collective farm order. The phrasing alone is suggestive of some silverish lining after the six million or more people were killed by Stalin’s state-created famine, mass deportations, and a general war of “dekulakization.”
In the introduction to her 418-page paper, Ohr sets forth her main arguments, citing many of “revisionism’s” leading figures — J. Arch Getty, Roberta Manning, Gabor Rittersporn, Sheila Fitzpatrick.
Speaking “revisionist” lingo, Nellie Ohr turns the millions killed by Stalin into “excesses,” which, in Ohr’s words, “sometimes represented desperate measures taken by a government that had little real control over the country.” (Poor Stalin.) She depicts purges as representing “to some degree a center-periphery conflict in which the ‘state-building’ central government tried to bring headstrong local satraps under control.”
Here, in full context, are the “revisionist” trends she says her thesis will “corroborate”:
Recently, Western historians [i.e., “revisionists”] have been using materials from the Smolensk archive to back up their arguments that power flowed not only from the top down but also from the bottom up to some degree; that excesses sometimes represented desperate measures taken by a government that had little real control over the country; that policies such as dekulakization and the purges of the later 1930s had some social constituency among aggrieved groups of poorer peasants; and that the purges represented to some degree a center-periphery conflict in which the ‘state-building’ central government tried to bring headstrong local satraps under control.
Nellie Ohr is often described as an expert on Russia, and indeed it appears her ties to Russian communism is a closer fit than Trump’s collusion witch hunt. It makes you wonder if they were hired because the bosses didn’t know what kind of people they are, or if they were hired because the bosses knew exactly what they are.