Poland has accused Vladimir Putin of manipulating the story after he wrote an article in which he stated that the pre-war Polish government has abandoned “his people under the roller of the Nazi machine of destruction”.
This article is published just a week before Vladimir Putin will take the annual Victory day Parade cancelled before the outbreak of coronavirus, and in anticipation of a national referendum, the results of which he can remain in power until 2036.
Britain said Putin in the article about the Second world war
Vladimir Putin is using the decisive contribution of the Soviet Union in the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 as the argument to justify the special place of Russia in the world.
Expanding on the events of 1939, Vladimir Putin writes that Poland itself is to blame for the invasion of the Nazis on its territory in September.
“the Tragedy of Poland — entirely on the conscience of the then Polish leadership, which prevented the conclusion of the Anglo‑Franco‑Soviet military Alliance and relied on the assistance of Western partners, has set his people under the roller of the Nazi death machine,” he says.
He further writes that the military units of the red Army was introduced in the “so-called kresy — now it’s part of the territory of Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania,” instead write that the Soviet Union invaded Poland in accordance with the terms of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
Poland reacted with indignation.
Stanislav Garin (Stanislaw Zaryn), Director of the Department of homeland security office of the Prime Minister of Poland, said:
“This is not the first case when the Russian President is manipulating history to present a false picture of the Second world war. “War of memory”, which continues Russia, intended to whitewash the shameful Soviet past, to erase from collective memory the fact that during the war Stalin and Hitler colluded with each other, and reinforce the myth that the Soviet Union is the only winner of Nazi Germany.”
In 1990-e years the Russian authorities publicly condemned and apologized for the numerous crimes committed by the Soviet regime. However, in recent years, the Kremlin is trying to whitewash its history of war, claiming, among other things, that the signing of the 1939 non-aggression Pact between the Soviet Union and Germany divided Europe into spheres of influence, was a necessary measure.