Russia to Suppress “Falsifications” about USSR
According to an article in The Moscow Times on May 20, President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the creation of a new commission tasked with countering attempts to rewrite history to the detriment of Russia’s interests.
The article states the Commission, officially titled the “Commission on Analyzing and Suppressing Falsifications of History Detrimental to Russia,” is being created in response to efforts in Ukraine and the Baltic States to bring attention to atrocities that were committed by the Soviet Union before and during World War II against the people of the region.
Russia has never come to terms with the atrocities committed by the Soviet Union. Russia’s leaders believe that any denunciation or attention to the Holodomor famine, the mass deportations, the gulags, and the terror imposed on the people of Eastern Europe is an attack against present day Russia.
The 28-member commission is charged with collecting and analyzing information about attempts to diminish Russia’s prestige by falsifying history, according to the decree signed by Medvedev.
The creation of the new commission comes on the heels of a bill submitted to the Duma that would criminalize attempts to rehabilitate Nazism in former Soviet republics.
Even more scary is that under the bill, which is likely to sail easily through both houses of the parliament, Russian and foreign citizens could be sent to prison for up to three years for accusing the Red Army of atrocities or illegal occupation during World War II, an allegation commonly lodged in the Baltic countries.
If such accusations are made by an official or disseminated in the media, the crime would be punishable by up to five years in prison, according to the legislation.
The bill, spearheaded by Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu, also calls for severing ties with countries that officially revise the history of World War II and barring the leaders of such countries from entering Russia.
Written by Trevor Dane, June 4th, 2009
Via Opinion Forum
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