The round table was dedicated to discussing the global reaction to the results of World War II
A round table was held in the Federation Council; “ Patriotic history and information policy: how to avoid belittling the significance of the heroic deed of the people in defending the Fatherland. '' One of the main topics of discussion of experts, senators and representatives of departments was the topic of the genocide of the Soviet people and the need for historical and legal consolidation of this concept not only in domestic, but also in international practice.
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Organizer & laquo; round table '' traditionally, the Federation Council Commission on Information Policy and Interaction with the Media made a speech; representatives of the Prosecutor General's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, academic institutions, deputies of both chambers of the Federal Assembly took part in its work.
Noting that the topic of the round table is directly related to the tasks set by the country's leadership, the leading, head of the Federation Council commission on information policy and interaction with the media, Alexei Pushkov, noted, firstly, the scale of losses incurred by the USSR during the Great Patriotic War, and secondly, their nature. Already these two circumstances give the right to officially raise the question of the loss of civilians as genocide, carried out at the direction of the leaders of the Third Reich. We are talking about the dead 13-18 million people, despite the fact that the official documents of Nazi Germany directly testify to the plans for the extermination of Soviet people without dividing into ethnic groups. & Nbsp;
Directly answering the question why this topic has arisen at this level now, after 76 years, Alexey Pushkov recalled that Western propagandists, not trying to deny or seriously distort the essence of the losses incurred by the country, are trying to generally conceal their existence. These losses, and especially their unprecedented scale, prevent the establishment in the information environment of attitudes about the almost equal responsibility of the USSR and Germany for the beginning and results of World War II and further on a whole chain of myths essential for modern politics.
Among those who spoke during the discussion about the historical aspect of the topic was, in particular, the scientific director of the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Chubaryan. He recalled the main directions of the attack on the history of the Second World War, drawing the attention of colleagues to the background against which it unfolds. If in the academic community, in the United States, for example, the facts that Russians are trying to defend are not in doubt and are objectively reflected in serious works, then in the propaganda environment, the actors of which are representatives of the media and departments like the State Department, the situation is strikingly different. Which, in turn, raises the question of developing cooperation with those who are ready to study facts, and not replicate myths. & Nbsp;
At the same time, Alexander Chubaryan noted one more important point. In Russian & nbsp; and foreign textbooks, the issue of civilian casualties is on the second, if not on the third plane. Elena Tsunaeva, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans Affairs, who actively participates in projects to perpetuate the memory of those who fell during the Second World War, recalled this trend. However, she noted that in Russia the trend of some silence on the topic was broken three years ago, during the preparation of events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory: there are relevant search activities, work with archives.
Alexei Nikitin, deputy head of the department for overseeing the implementation of laws on federal security, interethnic relations, countering extremism and terrorism of the Prosecutor General's Office, briefed the audience on the progress of the department's work in establishing mass crimes against civilians during the war years. For example, he gave examples of conducting or preparing criminal cases that concern not only the well-known Zheleznaya Gorka in the Novgorod region, but almost all the subjects of the Russian Federation, whose territories were in the zone of occupation of German troops. & Nbsp;
Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Director of the Legal Department Maxim Musikhin, answering the question of the presenter, to what extent the ministry is ready to bring the facts of genocide established by the competent authorities to the international plane, noted that so far all achievements here are limited to countries that were previously part of the USSR, and now are part of organizations with the participation of RF. As for other states, work is underway, and some results are available, but it is too early to announce them.
In the work of the round table Ambassador Counselor of the Belarusian Embassy Vadim Senyuta took part as one of the main speakers. He reported on the impressive scale of the work of the Belarusian law enforcement agencies in establishing the facts and participants in the crimes committed during the war years, and also confirmed his readiness for further cooperation with the Russian & nbsp; side. & nbsp; & nbsp;