Igor KOZLOV, “the FACTS”
Wednesday, June 24, at the red square in Moscow held a military parade on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the great Patriotic war. So, officially called the event, which was to be held on may 9, but was postponed due to coronavirus quarantine.
Pandemic, of course, violated all the plans of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin had intended to use the anniversary for propaganda purposes and invited to Moscow leaders of all former Soviet republics, as well as a number of other countries, including the US, France, Germany, great Britain, Italy, Japan, China.
As a result, the invitation was received by Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Moldova Igor Dodon, the leaders of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Serbia (Zelensky, recall, was not invited). However, Pashinyan in Moscow did not fly, citing the epidemic situation in the country and the fact that he and his family were infected. Jeenbekov arrived in the Russian capital on the evening of 23 June, but the parade was not hit. All members of the Kirghiz delegation passed the tests for the coronavirus. The positive result was from two people. Jeenbekov took the decision to abandon the appearance on red square.
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Another very embarrassing moment for Putin — it forced a 14-day quarantine for all world war II veterans who were invited to sit on the Mausoleum next to the President. Agree, a very controversial honor was given to these people. Guests in the stands were without masks and gloves, though organizers have stated on the additional precautions.
The event was attended by over 14 thousand military personnel, involved more than 200 units of ground equipment and 75 aircraft and helicopters.
A few days before the parade — June 18 — in the American edition The National Interest published an article by Putin on the causes and lessons of the Second world war. It has caused heated debate and sharp criticism from a number of well-known Western historians. They all agreed that the President of Russia has once again misrepresented what happened in the XX century events in order to justify its current aggressive policy.
German historian Karl schlögel, author of “the Soviet century”, said: “It looks quite strange when the President assumes the role of historian, and refers to archival documents… we are Talking about the culmination of the historical-political stage with such key elements as the interpretation of the outbreak of the Second world war, the liberation of Auschwitz, Yalta conference, victory Day, the Potsdam conference and the end of the Second world war. Putin puts on the head everything that happened between 1 September 1939 and 22 June 1941… It uses the interpretation of history as a tool in their policy today. This is an attempt to represent Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic States as a reactionary, nationalist and largely anti-Semitic state. This is an attempt to isolate those countries which care for their own safety and for which there has been a significant part of the horrors of war. If you hold a bond with a parade on 9 may and 24 June, is the biggest insult to the red army, which fought against Hitler, is to use it in the confrontation with Ukraine, with Poland, who themselves were victims of national socialist politics and also fought against Hitler.”
“Of course, Putin is a revisionist, but not in the sense of reestablishing the old Soviet Union, but in terms of recovery of spheres of influence. The quintessence of this long treatise, in which he writes about the conferences in Yalta, Potsdam and the establishment of the United Nations, his desire to return to a situation in which the great powers would determine how the world should be. This injury Yalta, in 1945, when Eastern Europe was not only liberated from national socialism, but was occupied for decades, one of the reasons why he writes in detail about Yalta. It’s not about historical memories about the anniversary, and that Russia, as the successor of the USSR, wants to participate in decision-making at the global policy level”, — said Carl Schlegel.
British historian Richard Evans, the author of the fundamental of the trilogy “the Third Reich” drew attention to the following point in the article, Putin — the Russian President believes that joining the USSR of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and parts of Poland, which became possible after the conclusion of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, was allegedly carried out on the goodwill of the peoples of these countries became for them a kind of gift.
“It can be proved that the line of demarcation, which eventually divided Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union after the double invasion in 1939, was historically justified. But you can’t justify what the USSR established a regime of terror in the occupied part of Poland, arresting tens of thousands of Polish intellectuals, deporting them to Siberia, having killed 40 thousand Polish officers in Katyn, what Putin is not mentioned. Finally, it’s disingenuous to say that the population of the Baltic States asked the Soviet army to enter their territory. There is no reason to submit to the occupation of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as voluntary. Over time, the creeping Russification of these countries,” Evans said.
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