This August, on the 15th anniversary of the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) published a special documentary “Watch out for Danger in Peace Time — the Historical Lesson of How the Russian Communist Party Perished.” The video is being shown to all CCP's members above the county level to warn them of the two issues that could cause the same fate in China – preventing peaceful transformation and corruption.
According to Hong Kong Mingbao, the video was jointly produced by the Central Committee of CCP's National Party Construction Study Group, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The introduction of the video claims, “The historical video clips and pictures show the factors contributing to the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and how the Russian Communist Party (RCP) perished after a 74-year rule.”
CAS completed the video on the basis of two projects: a National Philosophy and Social Science Project and “The Rise and Fall of the Russian Communist Party and the Soviet Union.” The second project is classified as a major project among the special projects in the CAS.
The video is divided into eight 40-minute segments.
1. The Historical Lesson – the Rise and Fall of the RCP.
2. The Basic Theory and Guidelines of the RCP.
3. The RCP Ideology.
4. The Party Atmosphere of the RCP.
5. The Privileged Class Inside the RCP.
6. The Organization of the RCP.
7. The Leading Group of the RCP.
8. The RCP's Responses to Westernization and the Disuniting Strategy from the Western World.
According to an insider, CCP cadres and members must watch the video. The Philosophy Institute of the CAS organized its party members to watch it on August 22, according to the institute's website, the institute's Party Discipline Committee Secretary and Deputy Dean Xie Dikun stressed the importance of watching the video. Xie also requested that every department hand in their post-video discussion reports. On the same day, the Institute of World Socialism Study of CAS also organized about 60 people to watch the video and then discussed the content.