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7 May, 2010 07:52

There are attempts to falsify the history for political reasons - analyst

Victory in WWII created a new world order and that the entire psychology of the mankind changed after that war, believes Dmitry Polikanov, vice-president of the Center for Policy Studies.

“Another thing which I think is crucial for the global development is the fact that after the Victory Day, many countries learned the lesson about the danger of totalitarian regimes and radical xenophobia and nationalism,” Polikanov stated.

“I think there was a very ideologized approach towards the WWII history, at the same time, since there were many live witnesses of WWII, it was much more difficult to distort the history,” he added. “What we see today, when several decades passed after the Victory day, is some attempts, for political reasons, to falsify the history, to forget about the lessons that we all learned, to, somehow for the sake of everyday political agenda, to [renounce] the history of our nation which is, of course, not a very positive experience. But I think the situation is changing now.”

According to Aleksey Pushkov, journalist and political analyst, the history of WWII is so complicated that even 65 years later there is still controversy about the roles of the Soviet Union, the US and European countries in this war.

“I don’t think that Europe has quite a clear conscience in this historical context,” says Pushkov, referring to the fact that many European countries were on the side of Hitler.

For Russia, the history of WWII was “clear-cut” : Germany launching the aggression and Russia repelling the assault.

“That is why here it is considered to be really the greatest history of the Russian nation, probably, in the whole of its history,” says Pushkov.