Kiwi Polemicist

May 21, 2009

• Russia will only allow the official version of history

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The BBC has an article saying in part

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the creation of a commission to act against what the Kremlin terms falsifications of Russian history.

The commission will attempt to defend the official version of Soviet history before, during and after World War II.
[…]
The Kremlin is drawing up plans to make such moves a criminal offence.

The laws could see people fined, or even imprisoned for up to five years, for deviating from the official history.

So, free speech is dead in the supposedly-free Russia.

Mr Medvedev said earlier this month: “We will never forget that our country, the Soviet Union, made the decisive contribution to the outcome of World War II, that it was precisely our people who destroyed Nazism, determined the fate of the whole world.”

If that’s the official version of World War Two history then the official version is clearly fictional. What about the thousands of men who died shipping war materiel to Russia? What about the thousands of men who died hammering Nazi Germany from the West? What about the fact that Medvedev’s fellow megalomaniac called Hitler over extended himself when he attacked Russia?

The Soviet old guard is alive and well in Russia.

Related post:
Cherie Blair on Vladimir Putin

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