The article by Russian President Vladimir Putin for the American magazine National Interest, “The actual lessons of the 75th anniversary of World War II”, is a powerful historical analysis that is a worthy response to revisionists and all those Western politicians who do not abandon attempts to rewrite history to please the political situation and belittle contribution of the Soviet Union to the victory over fascism.
We would very much like the article to receive a worthy, and not misinterpreted, assessment among the allies of the anti-Hitler coalition and all those European states that were freed from fascism at the cost of the lives of Soviet soldiers. In essence, this is an invitation to cooperation in the name of preserving our common historical memory, in the name of preventing the revival of Nazism and any other forms of xenophobia or racial discrimination, in the name of preserving the world order formed after the Second World War. And the “litmus test” here will be the reaction of our foreign partners to the calls of the Russian President to open archives of the pre-war period.
I believe that the new facts cited about the actions and the role of a number of Western leaders who provoked Hitler to full-scale military operations deserve special attention. They should not be hushed up in the future. I am sincerely convinced that the article by Vladimir Vladimirovich should be further studied by everyone, especially the younger generation around the world, so that the memory and truth of the most bloody war in the history of mankind is preserved.