Despite Criticism, Putin Signs Bill Changing Date For End Of WWII

April 24, 2020 12:07 GMT

Despite criticism from his human rights council, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill on marking the end of the World War II on September 3, a day later than the date recognized by most countries.

The decree, signed on April 24, appeared on the government’s online database of state legislation.

The end of World War II is internationally accepted as September 2, 1945, the day on which Japan formally surrendered.

But the legislation, which was also approved by Russia’s State Duma and Federation Council, says that September 3 must be marked as the day on which World War II ended in Russia. That was the day on which forces from the former Soviet Union defeated Japanese troops in “a decisive contribution to end” the war. Japan and Russia have never signed a peace treaty to formally end the war because of a dispute over the Kurile Islands, which Soviet troops seized at the end of WWII.

Last week, the Presidential Council for Human Rights (SPCh) issued a statement calling the move “a mistake.”

According to the SPCh, September 3 is already marked in the country as the Day of Solidarity in the Fight against Terrorism to honor hundreds of victims of the 2004 Beslan school siege.

“In our mind, decisions on marking memorial days must unite, not divide people. Moving the Day of Military Glory from September 2 to September 3 will not be understood by relatives of those killed in that monstrous terrorist act [in Beslan],” the statement said.

The Day of Solidarity in the Fight against Terrorism to commemorate Beslan victims has been marked in Russia on September 3 since 2005.

On September 1, 2004, some three dozen Chechen militants took more than 1,200 people hostage at a school in Beslan, North Ossetia.

Two days later, Russian forces stormed the school and 334 people, including 186 children, were killed in the violence.

© RFE/RL 2020

8 comments

  • It sounds to me like the miniature imp wants to change the date because his response to the Beslan school hostages is too embarrassing.
    “That was the day on which forces from the former Soviet Union defeated Japanese troops in “a decisive contribution to end” the war.”
    Yeah, a day AFTER the Japanese surrendered to the Americans….the Moskali rode in on their white horses and ended the war……

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  • The Battle of Manchuria is regarded as the last battle of WW2, but I doubt the dwarf terrorist will want to go into any details about it.

    “During the invasion of Manchuria, Soviet and Mongolian soldiers attacked and raped Japanese civilians, often encouraged by the local Chinese population who were resentful of Japanese rule. The local Chinese population sometimes even joined in these attacks against the Japanese population with the Soviet soldiers. In one famous example, during the Gegenmiao massacre, Soviet soldiers, encouraged by the local Chinese population, raped and massacred over one thousand Japanese women and children. Property of the Japanese were also looted by the Soviet soldiers and Chinese. Many Japanese women married themselves to local Northeastern men to protect themselves from persecution by Soviet soldiers. These Japanese women mostly married Chinese men and became known as “stranded war wives” (zanryu fujin).

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