The truth about Soviet culpability in
launching the Second World War and genocide is irrepressible, even if
diverse powers have tried to keep it under the carpet for 70 years.
How gratifying to see that part of the story being reported in
mainstream Western media at last.
Russia's Vladimir Putin has feared acknowledgement of the
Soviet role in launching the Second World War, which explains why he
has worked so hard to hide official documents from scrutiny by
scholars, lawyers and the public.
Sault Ste Marie, Canada
From: Lucyna Artymiuk <lucyna.artymiuk@...
Sent: Saturday, July 4, 2009 6:52:49 AM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Resolution on Stalin riles Russia
bbc.co.uk/ 2/hi/europe/ 8133749.stm
Resolution on Stalin riles Russia
A statue of Joseph Stalin
Stalin is still a hero for many Russians for his role in defeating Nazi
Russian delegates have walked out of an OSCE session in Vilnius after it
voted for a remembrance day for the victims of both Nazism and Stalinism.
The pan-European security and democracy body passed a resolution equating
the roles of the Soviet Union
and Nazi Germany in starting World War II.
Moscow's delegation boycotted the vote after failing to have it withdrawn.
Relations between Russia and the OSCE are already strained over hurdles to
election observers in Russia itself.
The resolution, meant to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Iron
Curtain, said that Nazi Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union brought genocide
and crimes against humanity to Europe.
It calls for making 23 August a day of remembrance for the victims of
Stalinism and Nazism.
On that day in 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a pact that carved
up Eastern Europe between the two countries.
Vilija Aleknaite-Abramikie ne, the Lithuanian delegate who drafted the
resolution, said the intention was not to insult anybody, but to remember
those who perished in World War II.
Out of 385 assembly members, only eight voted against the resolution.
Russia's delegates to the OSCE session were strongly opposed to the
resolution and left the hall immediately after it was passed.
Joseph Stalin continues to be a hero to many Russians, who credit him with
defeating Nazi Germany.
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