Unlike the totalitarian regimes of the past, modern Rashism does not have any original ideology (and this is a peculiarity of mafia states). All its staples are reduced to the exploitation and sacralization of the word “victory” and the construction of a system of rituals around it. A chain of simple theses is formed, which should be interpreted as a desire for historical justice: Russia defeated Nazism – Russia is a great country – Russia is underestimated and fooled – Russia can do anything. Any objections are invariably met with references to the heroic past of the grandfathers who fought in the war.
But the memory of the war, in which they participated, has long been turned into a big lie, started by Stalin, nurtured by Brezhnev and blossomed into a terry blossom thanks to Putin. A lie for autocracy, repression and aggression.
1. A separate Great Patriotic War is a lie. There was World War II, which began not on June 22, 1941, but on September 1, 1939, and ended not on May 9, 1945, but on September 2. The Soviet Union participated in that war, first on one side, then, against its will, on the other.
2. The USSR’s fundamental hatred of Nazism is a lie. Anti-Nazi and anti-fascist pre-war propaganda ceased at once in 1939 with the conclusion of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, and the fire of implacable Soviet criticism was shifted to the British, who “launched the war against Germany”. Anti-Nazi slogans returned only from June 1941.
3. The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact as a clever way to delay a German attack was a lie. The Pact was used by Stalin for aggression against Poland, Finland, the Baltic states and Romania, not for preparing the defense of the USSR, which in 1941 was as unprepared for war on its own territory as in 1939.
4. Stalin’s peacefulness on the eve of the German attack is a lie. The Red Army waged a war of aggression at least twice before 1941 – in Poland and in Finland.
5. The Soviet Union’s disinterest in World War II is a lie. Stalin was interested in annexations and occupations, both in 1939-1940 and 1945-1946 (from north to south: Petsamo, Karelian Isthmus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, north of East Prussia, Eastern Poland, Transcarpathia, Northern Bukovina, Bessarabia).
6. The exclusive role of the USSR in the victory over Hitler is a lie. Stalin himself had to admit that without tanks and planes, trucks and steam locomotives, gunpowder and explosives, steel and aluminum, fuel and oil, clothes and shoes, stew and egg powder, received by Lend-Lease, any victory would have been out of the question. Nor would victory have been possible without Allied military action in the West.
7. The Allies’ reluctance to open a second front in France is a lie. Both Churchill and Roosevelt understood perfectly well who Stalin was and what he could do in Europe, which he had conquered, so they tried their best to be in Berlin no later than the Russians.
8. The unanimous heroism of Soviet soldiers is a lie. Otherwise there would have been no penalty companies and battalions, no barrier detachments, no cannibalistic order “Not a step back”. And General Vlasov’s army would not have existed either.
9. The Soviet Union’s strict observance of international treaties is a lie. The USSR did as it saw fit: in 1944 it started a war with Bulgaria, which was not at war with it; in 1945 it broke the non-aggression pact with Japan (which had observed it all the war) and attacked it.
10. The liberation of Europe by the Red Army is a lie. All of Eastern Europe, occupied and robbed by it, was enslaved for 45 years in a manner no less brutal than under the Nazis.
11. Victory Day on May 9 is a lie. The surrender of Germany was signed (for the second time at Stalin’s request, the first was signed the day before) on May 8, on which day all mankind celebrates the victory in Europe. But it was important for Stalin to emphasize the special role of the USSR in the war, for which he took advantage of the fact that at the time of the signing of the capitulation in Moscow on the clock for one minute as a new day – May 9. Later, for greater credibility, the Red Army’s entry into Prague on May 9 was added to justify the special Soviet date of victory.
12. That it was a great victory is also a lie. The Red Army, of course, defeated the Wehrmacht and entered Berlin, but at the cost of such an enormous number of casualties (much more than the defeated Germany) that it is the height of cynicism to speak of greatness.
Of course, World War II was a terrible tragedy, the bloodiest tragedy in human history. Of course, it manifested itself in a terrible way in the Soviet Union. But, firstly, much of the horror of this tragedy was created by the hands of Stalin, and secondly, this tragedy was cynically turned into a false fetish, which should be worshipped and which justifies any meanness of Rashism.