September 01, 2020 15:14 GMT – RFE/RL
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced those citizens who do not share the Kremlin’s interpretation of the history of World War II, calling them “collaborators.”
Putin made the comments on September 1 while taking part in a nationwide online class to commemorate the first day of the school year in Russia.
Putin said that the West had been trying to rewrite the history of the war against Nazi Germany since the Cold War ended.
“But those who now agree with the people who initiate the rewriting of history may well be called modern-day collaborators,” Putin said, adding that “such people have always existed and will always exist everywhere.”
Putin has frequently accused European countries of “rewriting history” by allegedly diminishing the role of the Soviet Union in the defeat of Nazi Germany and stressing atrocities committed by Soviet forces, like the mass murder of Polish officers in Katyn Forest in 1940.
Historians in the West also say the 1939 nonaggression pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany facilitated the outbreak of World War II, which Russian officials vehemently disagree with.
Last year, the world marked the 80th anniversary of the accord – known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact — in which Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to divide up Central and Eastern Europe.
Soviet forces took over eastern Poland, eventually massacring more than 20,000 of the country’s officers whom they had taken prisoner.
The Nazis eventually betrayed the pact with their surprise invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941.
“Such people have always existed and will always exist everywhere.”
Of course they do, because they aren’t buying the Putin rendition of events and the projection that comes with it. If Moskovia wasn’t trying to help Hitler, why did they kidnap and murder all the Polish officers at Katyn Moskovia? Why did they sign Molotov-Ribbentrop? Where is the official announcement that it was cancelled? And finally, why the hell does Putin now act just like Hitler?
Russia have no history, except the history they have stolen. Crimea is historically Russian, being the prime example. The Greeks and Turks lived in, and developed Crimea long before the mongol horde invaded.
Absolutely, and if the people were really asked in an honest way they would support Ukraine by 90% and say it in Russian language. Harasho…
Putin attends the traditional opening of the school year known as the Day of Knowledge.
I think you mistranslated that Red, its actually ‘The first day of brainwashing’.
The short paedo gets more like hitler every day with his mental ramblings. I’m sure he has some kind of illness, far worse than muskovy syndrome.