At present, falsification of the history of World War II has become a universal trend. Dozens of states, hundreds of international public organizations are drawn into its orbit. World public opinion is under pressure from hostile propaganda.
Utterly cynical is the Resolution of the European Parliament "On Historical Memory" of September 19, 2019, where Hitler’s Germany and the Soviet Union are made equally responsible for unleashing the Second World War. Often the initiators of hatred of everything Soviet are nationalist states: Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic countries.
The policies and strategies of the former Allies in the Anti-Hitler Coalition are guided by a common goal: discrediting Russia in the eyes of the world community, undermining the country’s international authority, destroying its achievements, national dignity and self-belief. That is why the USSR, as the main victor in the war against fascism, does not fit in the concept.
In the post-war period, the USSR was recognized as a great power, took a seat in the UN Security Council and other international organizations. However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the surrender of many positions in the economy and the military-political sphere, the Russian Federation lost much of its status in the international community. This has radically affected relations with the United States and other countries of the Western Alliance. In fact, the world has become unipolar, led by the United States.
In the 21st century, the Western world did not expect such a dynamic revival of Russia. The unity of people, faithfulness to our history allowed the country to be reborn and again enter the arena of the struggle against the ideology of hatred and militarism, for peace and international solidarity.
In 2015 the Russian Union of Veterans initiated the creation of a new international organization, the Commonwealth of Anti-Fascist Organizations — the Anti-Fascist Front, determining principal lines of struggle against the revival of Nazism and fascism.
The international veteran community now has an organization whose goal is to consolidate the progressive forces of the world in the fight against fascism, as the principal source of war. A significant contribution to the common cause of the fight against Nazism and religious extremism is made by the International Organization of Resistance Fighters (FIR), the World Federation of War Veterans (FMAC-WVF) and the International Confederation of Former Prisoners of War (ICFPW). We work with them.
The heirs of German Nazism and Italian fascism, neo-Nazis and neo-fascists of the 21st century, are doing everything to erase the crimes of their predecessors from the minds of people. Falsification of facts, lies, slander, justification of crimes — everything is used to make people doubt the atrocities of the Nazis, turn them into mere limp "zombies".
In a number of countries, the toppling of Soviet monuments and memorials is gaining momentum, the process of "decommunization" is intensifying. The leaders of these trends are again the same nationalistic countries. In those corners extremists of all kinds made their venomous nests.
The world veteran community is actively involved in struggle for peace, for the prevention of historical revenge of Nazi and pro-fascist forces. And here the Russian veterans — heirs of the Great Victory — serve as a powerful force capable of uniting national units of veterans of the former Soviet Union, countries of Eastern Europe, international anti-fascist organizations into a monolithic anti-fascist Union, an International capable of resisting the revival of fascism and preserving peace.
The Russian Union of Veterans is consistently pursuing a course on the consolidation of the veterans movement. We are confident that veterans' organizations united by a common goal are able to effectively solve the problems facing society, not only today, but also in the future.
We pay principal attention to the upbringing of citizens of the Russian Federation as internationalists, strengthening friendship between peoples. Only a true patriot of the Motherland can actively oppose the manifestations of nationalism, uphold the principles of internationalism and friendship between nations.
Our historical mission lies in the upbringing of youth on positive, heroic examples of selfless service to the Motherland. It was granted to us, the first post-war generation, by the founders of the country’s first veteran organization — the Soviet Committee of War Veterans (SCWV). In September 2020, we will mark the 64th anniversary of SCWV creation and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
And now, together with all our people, we will celebrate the glorious anniversary of the Victory over the cruelest and most dangerous enemy for the whole world — German Nazism. In the same anniversary year, we will summarize the results of the national program "Patriotic Upbringing of Citizens of the Russian Federation for 2016−2020".
In the days remaining before the celebration, we will once again call to memory the veterans of the Great Patriotic War, heartily thank them for the Victory, wish them good health and long, active years of life, a peaceful sky above. We also address these wishes to the participants of the project "In Honor of the Victory", to all visitors of the site.
Congratulations on the Great Victory, friends!