Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (18741965)
Judged by every standard which history has applied to Governments, the Soviet Government of Russia is one of the worst tyrannies that has ever existed in the world. It accords no political rights. It rules by terror. It punishes political opinions. It suppresses free speech. It tolerates no newspapers but its own. It persecutes Christianity with a zeal and a cunning never equalled since the times of the Roman Emperors. It is engaged at this moment in trampling down the peoples of Georgia and executing their leaders by hundreds.
WINSTON CHURCHILL, chancellor of the exchequer, speech to the Scottish Unionist Association, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 25, 1924.Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 18971963, ed. Robert Rhodes James, vol. 4, p. 3472 (1974).