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  Medvedev condemned Stalin and forewarned against the new war

2010 05 21

On the eve of the Second World War celebrations the President of Russia Dmitrij Medvedev did not discount the possibility of a new global conflict.

At the interview to the newspaper “Izvestija” Medvedev promised to give particular attention to military forces and modern armament aiming at strengthening the readiness of the country to encounter this danger, and stressed the significance of the Russian nuclear forces.

Without mentioning anybody in particular, Medvedev stressed that actions of certain countries endanger the world with global conflict.

Returning to the repeatedly raised by him issue of the “history falsification”, Medvedev has sharply expressed his opinion about the role of Josif Stalin stating that he has “committed a lot of crimes against our nation”, and his regime “could not be named otherwise as totalitarian”.

A discussion whether it is appropriate to decorate cities with images of Stalin started on the eve of the Victory Day in Moscow. Medvedev hinted he was not in favour of the portraiture of the commander.

“If to speak about the official assessment of the evaluation of Stalin by the government of the state during recent years from the moment of the establishment of the new Russian state, the assessment is evident – Stalin committed a lot of crimes against his nation. And without taking into consideration his hard work, and making little of the fact that under his leadership the country reached success, all that has been committed against his  own nation cannot be forgiven” – said the President.

Advocates of justice are attempting that the authorities gave public and official denunciation of Stalinism, while, according to the survey held in March this year by “Levada-Centre”, only 25% of Russians are ready to recognise Stalin as a national criminal.

Alongside, Medvedev has reiterated again his intentions to give strict rebuff to any attempts in changing the settled understanding of Russia in its role during the Second World War and to fight against the falsification of history, and suggested to compile an electronic military archive.

According to the opinion of Medvedev, the electronic military archive with free access to everybody would help to prevent the falsification of history. Naming himself as “a big fan of digital technologies” Medvedev acknowledged that it’s the high time for making public almost all documents related to the war period.

“A reasonable time span passed – 65 years – and people should know the entire truth about the war, as well as about other events of other periods”.

Experts refer to the initiative of the authorities as significant and useful, naming it the imperative for the civilised state without fear of delay in the implementation.

“On the one hand there are political decisions of the Government and on the other – there might be certain actions of officials, as these are different things with us. When history experts or relatives will come to the archive, they will have to deal not with the President, but with an official, who might be hostile and taking them as opponents trying to find out something from the history and then to harm the reputation of the country” -  apprehends Aleksej Makarkin, the first vice-president of the Centre of Political Technologies.

Material has been prepared by the Centre of Geopolitical Studies with reference to the article from «Русский дом Балтии»  of 07 05 2010


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