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Russian Historians Insist: Seizing the Baltics and Poland in Agreement with Nazi Germany in 1939 Was a Good Thing, Welcomed by Locals


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The secret 1939 Molotoff-von Ribbentrop pact divided Poland between Soviet and German spheres. Just days after the treaty was signed, the Wehrmacht invaded Poland from the West. The Red Army attacked from the East two weeks later. The agreement also decided the fate of the Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who became Soviet dependencies.


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The true goal of those trying to rewrite the history of WWII and represent our country as an aggressor is to blame Russia for invented crimes and demand compensation for them. European historians spoke about this today in Moscow. They gathered at a conference dedicated to the beginning of the most terrible war in the history of mankind.

Dmitry Kaistro has the details.

The closer the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, the stronger the desire of some countries to belittle both the victory itself and the feat of the winners.

Alexander Chubarian, RAS academician: “The campaign being carried against us is a part of the modern discourse. They try to introduce history to modern political life. We should oppose it, of course.”

The international conference in Moscow, which attracted historians from many countries, was opened on the eve of an important event. On September 17th, 1939, the Red Army liberated the territories seized by Poland from the peoples of Belarus and Ukraine. Poland, however, didn't really exist by then. It fell to pieces under the Wehrmacht's blows. It wasn't Stalin or even Hitler who set the Soviet-German border in 1939. It was set along the demarcation line proposed by the head of the British Foreign Office Lord Curzon in 1919. It was the return to the border recognized by the international community, including Poland.

“The presence of the Russian armed forces at that line was completely necessary to ensure Russia's security against the German threat.”

Sergey Ivanov, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Military-Historical Society: “It wasn't occupation because the residents of the Baltic states, Western Ukraine, Bessarabia became citizens of the Soviet Union. Many of the residents of those territories became members of the Soviet establishment.”

Natalia Narochnitskaya, Ph.D. in history: “They make universal evil for all times out of us only because they can't put up with the fact that our country became a world power after May of 1945.”

History becomes a political matter in many European states. A historian from Poland, the country for whose freedom 600,000 Soviet soldiers died, that official Warsaw is writing up a fake version of the recent past paragraph by paragraph for the nation to believe in.

Andrey Romanchuk, historian: “They show only one side of it. They don't tell that in many places, the majority of residents welcomed Soviet troops as liberators.”

Such attempts are made not only in Poland. First, the Bulgarian MFA doubted that the Soviet Union brought freedom to the European nations. Later, Czech officials attempted to hide a monument to the winner - Marshal Konev - from sight.

Mikhail Myagkov, scientific director of the Military-Historical Society: “What happened 80 years ago when Germany attacked Poland and WWII began, is still relevant. Many problems and differences, which existed then, are still around.”

The participants in the conference stated that it's possible to counter it by remembering and patiently explaining who was the real instigator of the war and who brought peace to mankind.


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