“Clearing” the traces of Soviet repressions and rewrite history. One of the most current plans of the Kremlin, implemented
Russia’s offensive tendencies during the last years, to rewrite, reinterpret and use for political purposes the history of the Second World War, which has changed the face of Europe and the whole world, are becoming increasingly evident. In order to promote its version of events, the Moscow regime has built a massive strategy of propaganda, intimidation and manipulation with a specific purpose – “clearing” the USSR of historical responsibility.
After 1999, the resources employed by Moscow increased dramatically, being used as tools for rewriting history and for transforming the day of May 9 (1945, the surrender of Nazi Germany) into a historical event of self-justification. Moreover, the acceptance of historical would contradict with the convenient “truth”, promoted both internally and externally, and more importantly, it would be incompatible with keeping Lenin’s mummy in the mausoleum in the Red Square, as well as with keeping Stalin in the position of “national hero”.
The Republic of Moldova, part of the Russian plan, which provides “masking the traces of Soviet repression”
The Soviet Occupation Museum in Chisinau was established in 2015 at the initiative of former Defense Minister Anatol Șalaru. The exhibition is dedicated to communist repressions and contains over 20 thousand museum pieces including photos, documents, objects from the Soviet occupation period, including an improvised barracks in which the victims of Stalinist deportations were held in Siberia. The exhibits were collected by the employees of the Military Museum from the citizens of the Republic of Moldova
During the event dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Union of Moldovan Officers, the President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon stated that he wants to close the Soviet Occupation Museum, and instead to open a museum of “normal, good, beautiful” history, in which to include the gift of the Minister of Defense of Moscow, Sergei Șoigu.
The initiative has not only remained at the level of declaration, but has already begun to be implemented by dismissing, in October, the historian and military man Vitalie Ciobanu from the position of director of the Center for Culture and Military History. The new director of the Center was named , Alexandru Chirilenco
The fate of the museum depends on the decision of the Minister of Defense and the Supreme Commander (Igor Dodon), to whom I submit ”,declared Chirilenco for deschide.md
Undoubtedly, the current Russian propaganda aims to hide the “skeletons” in most ex-Soviet countries. But not less important is the “deletion of the traces” in their own country!
The Perm-36 Museum (Perm City) was the only museum in Russia dedicated to Soviet repression. It was inaugurated in place of a former prison, with hard labor in which were held mainly Ukrainians and citizens of the Baltic countries. During the last years, since the museum moved from the subordination of the founders to the state, the concept has changed radically. If until then, the museum was dedicated to the repression and victims of the Soviet regime, visitors can now hear stories about the colossal work of its employees.
Moreover, all the ways of financing the museum were blocked by the authorities and the organization of events or photographing the exhibits was strictly forbidden.
“Currently, there are no visits, the museum has run out of electricity, and all employees have been sent on unpaid leave for an indefinite period,”said Robert Latipov, director of the local section of the NGO “Memorial”.
Indeed, the functioning of the museum depends in large part on the public funding provided by the authorities in the region, which was canceled “without explanation” more than a month ago, the same NGO said
Pro-Russian petitions and questionnaires – Action tools in Georgia
At the initiative of Georgian President Mihail Saakasvili, the Museum of Soviet Occupation was opened in Tbilisi in 2006. The organizers needed two and a half months to collect materials and exhibits ,dating from 1921-1991, including photos, newspaper articles, objects of the “enemies” of Soviet power.
In 2012, pro-Russian supporters from Tbilisi initiated a defamation action of the museum, collecting signatures for it to be closed. Elgudzba Khodeli, founder of the organization “Earth is our home” and the initiator of the action said that this museum represents an irritating factor for the Georgian society and compromises the friendly relations with Russia.
If this museum is so important to Saakashvili why not open one dedicated to the victims of the Byzantine or Ottoman empire? Why should such a museum exist? The Soviet Union no longer exists,said Elgudzba Khodeli
It is curious that out of the initiative to close the Soviet Occupation Museum, the name of this activist, founder of an alleged organization in Tbilisi, is not associated with any other action. For this reason, we tend to believe that both the organization and its head were just tools for Moscow.
The Russian demographic decline became irreversible after 1945 and has continued to worsen to this day. Between June 22, 1941 and May 9, 1945, the USSR lost 15% of the population – nearly 27 million people, mostly young.
In addition to the colossal military losses of the USSR were added the over 16 million civilian casualties, which completed the balance of the USSR’s participation in World War II reaching the overwhelming number of 27 million. For Stalin, the losses among the troops and civilians, however, never mattered in taking decisions.