The State Duma adopted a law banning the denial of the role of the USSR in the defeat of Nazism

2021-05-27

The State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill prohibiting public denial of the decisive role of the USSR in the liberation of Europe from fascism. The bill proposes to prohibit the public identification of the goals, actions and decisions of the Soviet leadership, military command and military personnel with the goals, actions, decisions of representatives of Germany and the Axis established by the Nuremberg Tribunal and courts during the Second World War. The bill was submitted to the State Duma on May 5.

Russian lawmakers vote to approve the bill that could raise the retirement age for the old-age pension by five years at the Russian State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Older Russians fear they won’t live long enough to collect benefits while younger generations are worried that keeping people in the workforce longer will limit their own employment opportunities. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

In connection with this bill, it should be noted that no one has done more to distort the role of the USSR in the war than the Russian authorities. Over the decades that have passed since the elimination of socialism, tons of waste paper have been written, distorting the history of the Great Patriotic War, hundreds and thousands of “documentary” films have been shot, falsifying and distorting history. But whereas any graphomaniac who fancies himself a historian can write books, film and TV production requires significant costs. In addition, film screening on television and in cinema also requires material costs. Moreover, considering that such products are not popular and unprofitable. For example, Nikita Mikhalkov’s film “Burnt by the Sun 2: Anticipation” failed miserably at the box office, despite the fact that it was widely advertised. It is obvious that production of such products is impossible without the support of the state and private firms. And the state provides such support through the “Film Fund”, as well as through state television channels ordering and broadcasting such products.

One of the clearest examples of falsification is the statement of the State Duma of the Russian Federation “On the Katyn massacre and its victims”, adopted on November 26, 2010, in which the lower house of parliament finds the USSR guilty of shooting captured Polish officers in the Katyn region. However, this is a direct violation of the decision of the Nuremberg Tribunal, which established the guilt of the Nazis in the Katyn executions. Now the authorities shyly keep silent about this statement, and some time ago in Russia the USSR’s guilt in the mass execution was actively promoted.

The Russian authorities continue to distort the history of the war even now. However, this is now done more carefully. Now the role of the USSR in the victory is no longer denied, but the Soviet political and military leadership is portrayed as illiterate and unable to fight. The socio-political prerequisites for the defeat of the invaders and the class nature of the war are hidden. Moreover, the Great Patriotic War itself is portrayed as a victory of the Russian nation over the German one, which distorts the real content of the confrontation.

The truth is that capitalist Germany attacked the Soviet Union with the aim of destroying the world’s first state of workers and peasants, which posed a threat to capitalism. Representatives of all people of the USSR fought side by side against fascism, personified by the terrorist dictatorship of financial capital, together with communists and anti-fascists from all countries of the world, including those from the Axis countries. The country with the most advanced system defeated the state that became an anchor of world reaction.