If one succeeds in making the present and future generations in Russia forget or misperceive the feat of their ancestors, then they will lose not only their past, but also their future.
So, in 2019, on the eve of the 76th anniversary of the famous tank battle near Prokhorovka under the Battle of Kursk, the German press suggested demolishing the Victory Monument — the Belfry, because, in their opinion, there was no such battle at all. This aroused the anger and indignation of everyone who took part in the battle of Prokhorovka, who knows and understands the true meaning of it. This dishonored the memory of tens of thousands of soldiers buried in beds of honor around Prokhorovka. And I, as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Prokhorovskoye Pole memorial complex, and also as a citizen who values the history of my homeland, strongly object such statements.
Unfortunately, this applies not only to the feat of arms, but also to the invaluable contribution of the home front workers to the Victory. Undoubtedly, the selfless work of our fearless, courageous people — the elderly, women and children — is an excellent example to educate the present young generation.
Some even try to record the revision of history in international documents. As you know, in September 2019, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on the importance of European memory for the future of Europe. The document claims that the Great Patriotic War (World War II) was provoked by Germany and the USSR signing the German-Soviet Treaty of Nonaggression. By their actions and unmotivated statements, the deputies of the European Parliament not only desecrate the memory of the thousands of dead warriors who liberated Europe in 1944−1945 from the "brown plague" of the 20th century, but also morally destroy the consciousness of future European generations.
We lost 27 million of our compatriots, soldiers and ordinary civilians in the Great Patriotic War. No matter how hard it is to say, but I am firmly convinced that the further the years of the Great Patriotic War are distanced in the past, the more real witnesses of those years pass away — all the more impudent will be falsifiers of all kinds, both foreign and, unfortunately, domestic.
As the President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated in his Address to the Federal Assembly on January 15, 2020, "For Russia, May 9 is the greatest holiday. We are proud of the generation of victors, honor their feat, and our memory is not only a huge tribute to the heroic past — it serves our future, inspires us, strengthens our unity. We are obliged to defend the truth about the Victory, otherwise what shall we say to our children if a lie, like an infection, spreads all over the world? We must confront with the facts insolent lies and attempts to rewrite history."
Given the current situation, a number of amendments were made to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, one of which fixed at the state level the obligation to honor the memory of the defenders of the Motherland and to protect the historical truth. I sincerely hope that this will make it possible in the future to adopt laws that can protect our Great History and our heroic people from the assaults of all kinds of enemies.