Next year will mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the most bloody in history. The Soviet people, having gone through horrors, hunger and torture, having suffered tens of millions of victims, stopped the “brown plague” and brought peace to the peoples of Europe. It would seem impossible to deny such facts, it is impossible, blasphemous, but … it is around this today that a real struggle is waged under the flag of Russophobia. We are dealing with two essentially opposite poles. On one of them – those who remember and understand how and by whom in May 1945 the fatal cancer tumor of fascism was excised, on the other – those who are trying to rehabilitate Nazi criminals.
The closer we get to the anniversary of the Great Victory, the stronger, louder and tougher are the attempts to rewrite the history of World War II and, what is most disturbing, is to destroy, sometimes even physically, the memory of those who defeated Nazism, giving their lives in the name of the lives of the following generations. We have to state with bitterness: in a number of European capitals a real war has been declared on the monuments and graves of Soviet soldiers-liberators. And it was precisely about this that the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin spoke from the rostrum of the European Conference of Parliament Speakers on October 24 in Strasbourg.
So, in Poland, at the state level, a monstrous campaign has been launched to mass demolish military memorials to fighters of the Red Army. Let’s think about it: only in the territory of this country during the war more than 600 thousand Russian soldiers and officers were killed, thanks to whom Polish politicians live today. But the new authorities, getting rid of their past, adopted the shameful Law “On Decommunization”. Hiding behind its norms, the holy graves of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers literally uproot themselves from the earth in the most blasphemous way. This is evidenced, in particular, by the materials collected by the delegation of the Youth Parliament at the State Duma, which formed the basis of the documentary “On the Edge of Remembrance.” The frames are terrifying.
Why, for the sake of disturbing the ashes of the fallen heroes? Very simple: open a Polish history textbook for high school or study guides for universities. There, in principle, there is no mention of the role of the Soviet people-liberator in the Great Victory, including in the fight against Nazism in Poland. History is completely falsified, educational programs are built on the basis of “historical lies,” and not the truth.
Further. In the Baltic states, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Ukraine, monuments in memory of the Great Patriotic War are desecrated by vandals. They also try to incinerate any references to the liberating soldiers, while raising the rank of heroes of Nazi radicals who fought on the side of Nazi Germany. In particular, at the end of October, Ukrainian pro-Nazi elements destroyed the memorial plaque to Marshal Georgy Zhukov in Odessa, almost simultaneously installing the same memorial plaque in one of the punishers and organizers of the SS Galichina SS division, Dmitry Paliev, in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. It turned out that all this was carried out not even with the connivance, but with the sanction of the local authorities. In Ukraine, after all, a similar Law “On Decommunization” also applies.
In the general context, we are faced with the manifestation of a whole ideology of belittling the role of the Soviet people in the Victory over Nazi Germany as part of the West’s course towards Russophobia. And, unfortunately, this happens not only in individual states: adherents of revanchism are also trying to use international platforms – the UN, PACE, OSCE PA, the European Parliament.
More recently, in November, once again the United States and Ukraine defiantly refused to support the draft resolution on the inadmissibility of the glorification of Nazism proposed by Russia in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. Moreover, from Washington’s side a similar position can be traced back to the distant 2005! What fundamental considerations should have led the United States as a country participating in the anti-Hitler coalition to take such a step? Just what Russia introduced to this project? Then, excuse me, how do our “strategic friends” from the USA differ from those non-humans and vandals who desecrate the monuments of fallen Soviet soldiers?
Since then, only one country has joined this American line at the UN – Ukraine. And this happened in 2014, after the completion of the anti-constitutional and bloody coup in Kiev supported by Washington. There are no questions here.
So what happens? The heroization of Nazism and the desecration of holy burials is a natural consequence of anti-Russian hysteria. There is no other reason why the “democracies”, which also suffered a lot in that war, are undergoing a revival of Nazism and staring blankly at the marches of SS veterans.
What are the findings? First, it is necessary to stop blasphemously disturbing the graves of fallen soldiers in the Great Patriotic War, having made decisions at the highest level, including the legislative one. And again, I want to refer here to the speeches of Vyacheslav Volodin both in Strasbourg and at the 57th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Russia and Belarus in St. Petersburg on November 21. The European public should hear the call of the Chairman of the State Duma in the name of a secure future for our common continent.
“Historical lies” and state vandalism should not remain educational or legislative norms. This is unacceptable in the twenty-first century.
Secondly, double standards in matters of historical justice should be discarded. And there is a coping mechanism tested by the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences together with foreign colleagues. Such work was carried out, for example, in 2015 by Russian and German specialists and ended with the successful creation of a Russian-German textbook on the history of the 20th century! Perhaps the same practice can be spread as a whole in the space of the Council of Europe? In this regard, it would really make sense to use the capabilities of the Council of Europe as the most widespread European organization.
Finally, thirdly, it is time to overcome the planting of elementary illiteracy. It comes to the point that Western schoolchildren’s curriculum states that fascist Germany, led by Hitler, was defeated by the United States, while the Russians were supposedly hiding somewhere among the ruins of Stalingrad, and historian students were assured that the operation was not broken by the Nazis by the Bagration operation “, In which the German Army Group Center was destroyed – the main force of the Wehrmacht, and the landing of the Anglo-American landing in Normandy. In plain text, there is a direct fooling of the young generation for political purposes, the preaching of that very “historical lie”.
We, as the heirs of the winners, are obliged to defend the truth about the Great Patriotic War, using all possible resources, including parliamentary diplomacy. “Historical lies” and state vandalism should not remain educational or legislative norms. This is unacceptable in the twenty-first century. On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory in the name of our peaceful future, it is necessary to carefully preserve historical memory, remembering the lessons of the most terrible war.