Vladimir Putin Shocks the West! The Munich Betrayal and The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II (Putin’s Article in The National Interest Magazine, USA)
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On June 22, 1941, at 4 am, Nazi Germany, aided and abetted by other regimes and economic giants of Europe, unprovoked attacked Russia/ the USSR. The Great Patriotic War that cost 27 million of precious lives of Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians and all Soviet people began! My family lost several people to the war, and those who survived carried traumas for the rest of their lives!
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It was an ordeal and genocide of the primarily Russian – Eastern Slavic population that to this day has not received an adequate international reaction and legal response! The scale of the genocide of the Russian people and their branchouts (Ukrainians/Russins and Belorussians) is unheard of in human history! And if Russia/USSR didn’t manage to withstand that vicious and all-encompassing aggression, today there would probably be no one to talk to you. I would not be here and this blog would not exist. Putin’s article would never be published. The history would have been re-written, as Russia the Great Balancer, the only force that always stood in the way of unabated Western aggression, would be wiped out! And none the wiser, you all would be living in the globalist world ruled by the Dark Nazi State.
Because make no mistake! Hitler’s aggression was AN EARLY ATTEMPT TO CREATE ONE GLOBALIST STATE BASED ON HATEFUL AND ANTI-HUMAN NAZI PRINCIPLES! THERE WOULD BE NO ROOM IN THAT DARK AND UGLY WORLD FOR ME AND FOR MANY OTHERS, who didn’t fit the profile of the German Nazis and other crazies.
But the world turned out to have much more sanity than perhaps one would believe in 1941. Russia/USSR turned out much stronger than the West anticipated. And Russia was aided by the cosmic forces of good, which no one at the time believed or foresaw… Today that cosmic help to Russia, the help from God, is pretty clear and I often talk about it in my work.
As Putin once said: ‘If Russia were destroyed, who needs the world without Russia?’
This is the TIME OF RUSSIA!
Putin always surprises, and he always does things on his own timeline, thus winning all strategic battles, even if it may seem like tactically the energy was against him. This time, for the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War (WWII in the West), he published an article in the iconic conservative geopolitical magazine, The National Interest.
The Victory Day is usually celebrated on May 9th, with a grand Red Square parade and together with invited foreign leaders and millions-strong global Immortal Regiment. The 75th anniversary was planned as one of the grandest ever, but due to COVID it had to be postponed. This vacuum gave an opportunity to all kinds of dark and slimy forces to attack Russia and malign Victory. Those forces crawled out of their holes, from Poland to Prague and from YouTube to Facebook.
Yet, in a strangest and most poetic-justice twist, this postponement turned to Russia’s favor. And what did you expect? This is the Time of Russia, per my predictions. The dark forces had meticulously planned their history re-writing attacks to coincide with May 9 and they spent all of their steam and munitions by that date. Meantime, the actual events are happening throughout the summer, allowing many more opportunities to remind the world about the truth and Russia’s real role.
My new prediction! Putin will also manage to get the leaders together soon, in order to begin developing a new architecture for the world to come! More on that later – on Patreon!
The grand parades on Red Square and all over Russia are happening on June 24; the Immortal Regiment March on July 26.
Just before these two dates and to coincide with June 22, the day of the attack on the USSR, Putin publishes his article in Washington ‘s National Interest. Coincidence? I think not.
Putin FINALLY chimes in and tells the West the real story of the Munich Betrayal of the European governments, where a separate deal was struck with Germany/Hitler, in order to divide Czechoslovakia and ultimately sick Nazi Germany against Russia the Great Balancer, in its then guise as the USSR.
Munich Pact signed. British and French prime ministers Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier sign the Munich Pact with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The agreement averted the outbreak of war but gave Czechoslovakia away to German conquest. Daladier abhorred the Munich Pact’s appeasement of the Nazis, but Chamberlain was elated and even stayed behind in Munich to sign a single-page document with Hitler that he believed assured the future of Anglo-German peace. Later that day, Chamberlain flew home to Britain, where he addressed a jubilant crowd in London and praised the Munich Pact for bringing “peace with honor” and “peace in our time.” The next day, Germany annexed the Sudetenland, and the Czechoslovak government chose submission over destruction by the German Wehrmacht. In March 1939, Hitler annexed the rest of Czechoslovakia, and the country ceased to exist.
It’s called ‘The Munich Betrayal’ in Russia, because it not only betrayed Czechoslovakia, but it wide-opened doors for Hitler’s attack against Russia/ USSR, which was the ultimate reason the Munich Pact was signed. Czechoslovakia was a bribe, a sacrificial lamb for Hitler to leave the West alone and to direct his efforts towards destroying Russia! Poland played its unsightly role, by preventing the USSR from defending Czechoslovakia and by chopping off a chunk of it for itself.
At the time, Russia asked for passage for the Russian troops through Poland to save Czechoslovakia, but Poland, which always was a little poodle to the West, denied it. The letter issued by Moscow to Warsaw said that “The USSR will defend Czechoslovakia like it would defend its own land.” I think it also appealed to the Slavic solidarity… What solidarity?.. Those people would sell off their own mother if they were given adequate compensation by their Western masters.
It’s actually amazing how dumb and feeble the current generation of Czechs is, who are now destroying the monuments to Russian liberators of Prague. Are they looking for the repeat of that ugly story?…
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This factual story should be common knowledge, yet it continues being vehemently denied and attempted to be re-written. The vicious attempts to reverse polarities and cast the ultimate victims of Western aggression, Russia – USSR, as aggressor, portraying the perpetrators and world’s biggest war criminals as poor, innocent victims, are a part of the same game being played by the West for centuries: it’s called the vilification of Russia the Great Balancer. Reason? Only Russia prevents the globalist Western takeover of the world, and thus, per their logic, she has to be destroyed by whichever means possible!
Putin also hints on some very uncomfortable for the Europeans, and specifically for the UK, secret documents and secret agreements with Nazi Germany. He is calling on countries to declassify and publish them, as Russia has been doing for years on her end! What kind of secrets agreements? The chess master will reveal them in due time, if European governments won’t. But whatever those secret unilateral agreements between the British, Hungary, France, Poland, Italy and Nazi Germany (possibly also other countries) were, we can confidently say they would be unsavory and damning as they helped plunge the world into WWII and they were directed against Russia! And all this happened in 1938 – remember this date!
Stalin and his people saw what was happening: Hitler was getting stronger, as he annexed the Czech territories famous for their industrial might, to be later used against Russia; Europeans were signing secret deals behind Soviet back, trying to channel Hitler/Nazis aggression towards Russia. The USSR repeatedly reached out to the UK, France and others with offers to develop the all-European strategy for dealing with Germany’s aggression and upcoming war crisis. In response, Russia/USSR was snubbed and stonewalled, the Munich Betrayal was signed, UK and European counties began appeasing Hitler and signing secret deals with him.
It was Stalin’s last ditch desperate response to all this massive madness and betrayal by Europeans that made the USSR sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939! After all the European snubbing and betrayals, it was the only venue left to postpone, if not prevent, the war with Germany.
If Europeans, UK and Poland acted differently, it is possible that the war could have been prevented or at least deescalated. Therefore, Poland, France and UK, and the rest of Europe, had only themselves to blame when Hitler started picking them off one by one! They surrendered without a fight, except UK, presenting themselves and their countries to Hitler on a platter. Later, the economic might of entire Europe was used by Germany to ATTACK RUSSIA/USSR! There were a number of divisions in the German army that represented various European countries. Therefore, we can confidently say – however sad it sounds – that it was the Unified Europe that attacked Russia/ USSR in 1941!
One publication in an American magazine, even by the world’s most popular leader Vladimir Putin, won’t change decades and centuries of warped history and Russophobic mentality, but it’s a nice and long-needed dent in the agenda and culture of lies and manipulations the rest of the world had to swallow til now. At the very least it signals something very amusingly funny (wait, let me get my popcorn!): Poland, which has been at the forefront of lies and re-writing of history of WWII, in order to earn its keep and cover up its own massive misdeeds, doesn’t have as much US support as it thought it did. I intend to kick back and watch the show: just give it a few years and see how that whole aggressive and arrogant attitude by Poland, Czechia and the current ukro-nazi version Ukraine (sorry to say) will simply deflate without proper support and lavish compensation from the West.
This will happen as the West will have more and more internal problems to deal with; as a result it won’t have much time or resources to sabotage Russia. It’ll take some time, but believe me, it’ll happen sooner than some think! See my Period 8 and Period 9 PREDICTIONS in Webinar 4 and in the New Series 3, especially Webinar 14!
In previous articles I predicted that Poland and Czechia will eventually have a huge karmic debt to pay for their actions. An interesting thing is that Russia doesn’t even have to do anything. It’ll happen of its own accord, as part of the rebalancing of the scales of justice.
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To me, the main premise of Putin’s message is that all sane and healthy forces in the world should now unite, in order to face new challenges and prevent the new war, whether hot or hybrid.
As the West starts going up in flames and madness gets out of hand, Russia and Putin, as always, play the role of THE GREAT BALANCER AND PEACEMAKER. And as usual, Putin yet again demonstrates that he is the only adult in the room full of juvenile delinquents and ignoramuses – or outright criminals! Now, if only the rest of them grew an ear to hear and a gut to act with honor, if not reason.
Otherwise, like many times before, we continue casting the pearls before those who’ll never appreciate them… Moreover, as a thank you, they tend to destroy the memory and truth, and attack their saviors…
A quotation from Matthew 7:6 in Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount: “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
Goodness, how did he know?…
The Earth Shift & Russia the Great Balancer teachings by Lada Ray
Seventy-five years have passed since the end of the Great Patriotic War. Several generations have grown up over the years. The political map of the planet has changed. The Soviet Union that claimed an epic, crushing victory over Nazism and saved the entire world is gone. Besides, the events of that war have long become a distant memory, even for its participants. So why does Russia celebrate the ninth of May as the biggest holiday? Why does life almost come to a halt on June 22? And why does one feel a lump rise in their throat?
They usually say that the war has left a deep imprint on every family’s history. Behind these words, there are fates of millions of people, their sufferings and the pain of loss. Behind these words, there is also the pride, the truth and the memory.
For my parents, the war meant the terrible ordeals of the Siege of Leningrad where my two-year-old brother Vitya died. It was the place where my mother miraculously managed to survive. My father, despite being exempt from active duty, volunteered to defend his hometown. He made the same decision as millions of Soviet citizens. He fought at the Nevsky Pyatachok bridgehead and was severely wounded. And the more years pass, the more I feel the need to talk to my parents and learn more about the war period of their lives. However, I no longer have the opportunity to do so. This is the reason why I treasure in my heart those conversations I had with my father and mother on this subject, as well as the little emotion they showed.
People of my age and I believe it is important that our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren understand the torment and hardships their ancestors had to endure. They need to understand how their ancestors managed to persevere and win. Where did their sheer, unbending willpower that amazed and fascinated the whole world come from? Sure, they were defending their home, their children, loved ones and families. However, what they shared was the love for their homeland, their Motherland. That deep-seated, intimate feeling is fully reflected in the very essence of our nation and became one of the decisive factors in its heroic, sacrificial fight against the Nazis.
I often wonder: What would today’s generation do? How will it act when faced with a crisis situation? I see young doctors, nurses, sometimes fresh graduates that go to the “red zone” to save lives. I see our servicemen that fight international terrorism in the Northern Caucasus and fought to the bitter end in Syria. They are so young. Many servicemen who were part of the legendary, immortal 6th Paratroop Company were 19-20 years old. But all of them proved that they deserved to inherit the feat of the warriors of our homeland that defended it during the Great Patriotic War.
This is why I am confident that one of the characteristic features of the peoples of Russia is to fulfill their duty without feeling sorry for themselves when the circumstances so demand. Such values as selflessness, patriotism, love for their home, their family and Motherland remain fundamental and integral to the Russian society to this day. These values are, to a large extent, the backbone of our country’s sovereignty.
Nowadays, we have new traditions created by the people, such as the Immortal Regiment. This is the memory march that symbolizes our gratitude, as well as the living connection and the blood ties between generations. Millions of people come out to the streets carrying the photographs of their relatives that defended their Motherland and defeated the Nazis. This means that their lives, their ordeals and sacrifices, as well as the Victory that they left to us will never be forgotten.
We have a responsibility to our past and our future to do our utmost to prevent those horrible tragedies from happening ever again. Hence, I was compelled to come out with an article about World War II and the Great Patriotic War. I have discussed this idea on several occasions with world leaders, and they have showed their support. At the summit of CIS leaders held at the end of last year, we all agreed on one thing: it is essential to pass on to future generations the memory of the fact that the Nazis were defeated first and foremost by the Soviet people and that representatives of all republics of the Soviet Union fought side by side together in that heroic battle, both on the frontlines and in the rear. During that summit, I also talked with my counterparts about the challenging pre-war period.
That conversation caused a stir in Europe and the world. It means that it is indeed high time that we revisited the lessons of the past. At the same time, there were many emotional outbursts, poorly disguised insecurities and loud accusations that followed. Acting out of habit, certain politicians rushed to claim that Russia was trying to rewrite history. However, they failed to rebut a single fact or refute a single argument. It is indeed difficult, if not impossible, to argue with the original documents that, by the way, can be found not only in the Russian, but also in the foreign archives.
Thus, there is a need to further examine the reasons that caused the world war and reflect on its complicated events, tragedies and victories, as well as its lessons, both for our country and the entire world. And like I said, it is crucial to rely exclusively on archive documents and contemporary evidence while avoiding any ideological or politicized speculations.
I would like to once again recall the obvious fact. The root causes of World War II mainly stem from the decisions made after World War I. The Treaty of Versailles became a symbol of grave injustice for Germany. It basically implied that the country was to be robbed, being forced to pay enormous reparations to the Western allies that drained its economy. French marshal Ferdinand Foch who served as the Supreme Allied Commander gave a prophetic description of that Treaty: “This is not peace. It is an armistice for twenty years.”
It was the national humiliation that became a fertile ground for radical sentiments of revenge in Germany. The Nazis skillfully played on people’s emotions and built their propaganda promising to deliver Germany from the “legacy of Versailles” and restore the country to its former power while essentially pushing German people into war. Paradoxically, the Western states, particularly the United Kingdom and the United States, directly or indirectly contributed to this. Their financial and industrial enterprises actively invested in German factories and plants manufacturing military products. Besides, many people in the aristocracy and political establishment supported radical, far-right and nationalist movements that were on the rise both in Germany and in Europe.
The “Versailles world order” caused numerous implicit controversies and apparent conflicts. They revolved around the borders of new European states randomly set by the victors in World War I. That boundary delimitation was almost immediately followed by territorial disputes and mutual claims that turned into “time bombs”.
One of the major outcomes of World War I was the establishment of the League of Nations. There were high expectations for that international organization to ensure lasting peace and collective security. It was a progressive idea that, if followed through consistently, could actually prevent the horrors of a global war from happening again.
However, the League of Nations dominated by the victorious powers of France and the United Kingdom proved ineffective and just got swamped by pointless discussions. The League of Nations and the European continent in general turned a deaf ear to the repeated calls of the Soviet Union to establish an equitable collective security system, and sign an Eastern European pact and a Pacific pact to prevent aggression. These proposals were disregarded.
The League of Nations also failed to prevent conflicts in various parts of the world, such as the attack of Italy on Ethiopia, the civil war in Spain, the Japanese aggression against China and the Anschluss of Austria. Furthermore, in case of the Munich Betrayal that, in addition to Hitler and Mussolini, involved British and French leaders, Czechoslovakia was taken apart with the full approval of the League of Nations. I would like to point out in this regard that, unlike many other European leaders of that time, Stalin did not disgrace himself by meeting with Hitler who was known among the Western nations as quite a reputable politician and was a welcome guest in the European capitals.
Poland was also engaged in the partition of Czechoslovakia along with Germany. They decided together in advance who would get what Czechoslovak territories. On September 20, 1938, Polish Ambassador to Germany Józef Lipski reported to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Józef Beck on the following assurances made by Hitler: “…in case of a conflict between Poland and Czechoslovakia over our interests in Teschen, the Reich would stand by Poland.” The Nazi leader even prompted and advised that Poland started to act “only after the Germans occupy the Sudetes.”
Poland was aware that without Hitler’s support, its annexationist plans were doomed to fail. I would like to quote in this regard a record of the conversation between German Ambassador to Warsaw Hans-Adolf von Moltke and Józef Beck that took place on October 1, 1938, and was focused on the Polish-Czech relations and the position of the Soviet Union in this matter. It says: “Mr. Beck expressed real gratitude for the loyal treatment accorded [to] Polish interests at the Munich conference, as well as the sincerity of relations during the Czech conflict. The attitude of the Führer and Chancellor was fully appreciated by the Government and the public [of Poland].”
The partition of Czechoslovakia was brutal and cynical. Munich destroyed even the formal, fragile guarantees that remained on the continent. It showed that mutual agreements were worthless. It was the Munich Betrayal that served as a “trigger” and made the great war in Europe inevitable.
Today, European politicians, and Polish leaders in particular, wish to sweep the Munich Betrayal under the carpet. Why? The fact that their countries once broke their commitments and supported the Munich Betrayal, with some of them even participating in divvying up the take, is not the only reason. Another is that it is kind of embarrassing to recall that during those dramatic days of 1938, the Soviet Union was the only one to stand up for Czechoslovakia.
The Soviet Union, in accordance with its international obligations, including agreements with France and Czechoslovakia, tried to prevent the tragedy from happening. Meanwhile, Poland, in pursuit of its interests, was doing its utmost to hamper the establishment of a collective security system in Europe. Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Józef Beck wrote about it directly in his letter of September 19, 1938 to the aforementioned Ambassador Józef Lipski before his meeting with Hitler: “…in the past year, the Polish government rejected four times the proposal to join the international interfering in defense of Czechoslovakia.”
Britain, as well as France, which was at the time the main ally of the Czechs and Slovaks, chose to withdraw their guarantees and abandon this Eastern European country to its fate. In so doing, they sought to direct the attention of the Nazis eastward so that Germany and the Soviet Union would inevitably clash and bleed each other white.
That is the essence of the western policy of appeasement, which was pursued not only towards the Third Reich but also towards other participants of the so-called Anti-Comintern Pact – the fascist Italy and militarist Japan. In the Far East, this policy culminated in the conclusion of the Anglo-Japanese agreement in the summer of 1939, which gave Tokyo a free hand in China. The leading European powers were unwilling to recognize the mortal danger posed by Germany and its allies to the whole world. They were hoping that they themselves would be left untouched by the war.
The Munich Betrayal showed to the Soviet Union that the Western countries would deal with security issues without taking its interests into account. In fact, they could even create an anti-Soviet front, if needed.
Nevertheless, the Soviet Union did its utmost to use every chance of creating an anti-Hitler coalition. Despite – I will say it again – the double‑dealing on the part of the Western countries. For instance, the intelligence services reported to the Soviet leadership detailed information on the behind-the-scenes contacts between Britain and Germany in the summer of 1939. The important thing is that those contacts were quite active and practically coincided with the tripartite negotiations between France, Great Britain and the USSR, which were, on the contrary, deliberately protracted by the Western partners. In this connection, I will cite a document from the British archives. It contains instructions to the British military mission that came to Moscow in August 1939. It directly states that the delegation was to proceed with negotiations very slowly, and that the Government of the United Kingdom was not ready to assume any obligations spelled out in detail and limiting their freedom of action under any circumstances. I will also note that, unlike the British and French delegations, the Soviet delegation was headed by top commanders of the Red Army, who had the necessary authority to “sign a military convention on the organization of military defense of England, France and the USSR against aggression in Europe.”
Poland played its role in the failure of those negotiations as it did not want to have any obligations to the Soviet side. Even under pressure from their Western allies, the Polish leadership rejected the idea of joint action with the Red Army to fight against the Wehrmacht. It was only when they learned of the arrival of Ribbentrop to Moscow that J. Beck reluctantly and not directly, through French diplomats, notified the Soviet side: “… in the event of joint action against the German aggression, cooperation between Poland and the Soviet Union is not out of the question, in technical circumstances which remain to be agreed.” At the same time, he explained to his colleagues: “… I agreed to this wording only for the sake of the tactics, and our core position in relation to the Soviet Union is final and remains unchanged.”
In these circumstances, the Soviet Union signed the Non-Aggression Pact with Germany. It was practically the last among the European countries to do so. Besides, it was done in the face of a real threat of war on two fronts – with Germany in the west and with Japan in the east, where intense fighting on the Khalkhin Gol River was already underway.
Stalin and his entourage, indeed, deserve many legitimate accusations. We remember the crimes committed by the regime against its own people and the horror of mass repressions. In other words, there are many things the Soviet leaders can be reproached for, but poor understanding of the nature of external threats is not one of them. They saw how attempts were made to leave the Soviet Union alone to deal with Germany and its allies. Bearing in mind this real threat, they sought to buy precious time needed to strengthen the country’s defenses.
Nowadays, we hear lots of speculations and accusations against modern Russia in connection with the Non-Aggression Pact signed back then. Yes, Russia is the legal successor state to the USSR, and the Soviet period – with all its triumphs and tragedies – is an inalienable part of our thousand-year-long history. However, let us recall that the Soviet Union gave a legal and moral assessment of the so-called Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. The Supreme Soviet in its resolution of 24 December 1989 officially denounced the secret protocols as “an act of personal power” which in no way reﬂected “the will of the Soviet people who bear no responsibility for this collusion.”
Yet other states have preferred to forget the agreements carrying signatures of the Nazis and Western politicians, not to mention giving legal or political assessments of such cooperation, including the silent acquiescence – or even direct abetment – of some European politicians in the barbarous plans of the Nazis. It will suffice to remember the cynical phrase said by Polish Ambassador to Germany J. Lipski during his conversation with Hitler on 20 September 1938: “…for solving the Jewish problem, we [the Poles] will build in his honor … a splendid monument in Warsaw.”
Besides, we do not know if there were any secret “protocols” or annexes to agreements of a number of countries with the Nazis. The only thing that is left to do is to take their word for it. In particular, materials pertaining to the secret Anglo-German talks still have not been declassified. Therefore, we urge all states to step up the process of making their archives public and publishing previously unknown documents of the war and pre-war periods – the way Russia has done it in recent years. In this context, we are ready for broad cooperation and joint research projects engaging historians.
But let us go back to the events immediately preceding the Second World War. It was naïve to believe that Hitler, once done with Czechoslovakia, would not make new territorial claims. This time the claims involved its recent accomplice in the partition of Czechoslovakia – Poland. Here, the legacy of Versailles, particularly the fate of the so-called Danzig Corridor, was yet again used as the pretext. The blame for the tragedy that Poland then suffered lies entirely with the Polish leadership, which had impeded the formation of a military alliance between Britain, France and the Soviet Union and relied on the help from its Western partners, throwing its own people under the steamroller of Hitler’s machine of destruction.
The German offensive was mounted in full accordance with the blitzkrieg doctrine. Despite the fierce, heroic resistance of the Polish army, on 8 September 1939 – only a week after the war broke out – the German troops were on the approaches to Warsaw. By 17 September, the military and political leaders of Poland had fled to Romania, abandoning its people, who continued to fight against the invaders.
Poland’s hope for help from its Western allies was in vain. After the war against Germany was declared, the French troops advanced only a few tens of kilometers deep into the German territory. All of it looked like a mere demonstration of vigorous action. Moreover, the Anglo-French Supreme War Council, holding its first meeting on 12 September 1939 in the French city of Abbeville, decided to call off the offensive altogether in view of the rapid developments in Poland. That was when the infamous Phony War started. What Britain and France did was a blatant betrayal of their obligations to Poland.
Later, during the Nuremberg trials, German generals explained their quick success in the East. The former chief of the operations staff of the German armed forces high command, General Alfred Jodl admitted: “… we did not suffer defeat as early as 1939 only because about 110 French and British divisions stationed in the west against 23 German divisions during our war with Poland remained absolutely idle.”
I asked for retrieval from the archives of the whole body of materials pertaining to the contacts between the USSR and Germany in the dramatic days of August and September 1939. According to the documents, paragraph 2 of the Secret Protocol to the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 23 August 1939 stated that, in the event of territorial-political reorganization of the districts making up the Polish state, the border of the spheres of interest of the two countries would run “approximately along the Narew, Vistula and San rivers”. In other words, the Soviet sphere of influence included not only the territories that were mostly home to Ukrainian and Belarusian population but also the historically Polish lands in the Vistula and Bug interfluve. This fact is known to very few these days.
Similarly, very few know that, immediately following the attack on Poland, in the early days of September 1939 Berlin strongly and repeatedly called on Moscow to join the military action. However, the Soviet leadership ignored those calls and planned to avoid engaging in the dramatic developments as long as possible.
It was only when it became absolutely clear that Great Britain and France were not going to help their ally and the Wehrmacht could swiftly occupy entire Poland and thus appear on the approaches to Minsk that the Soviet Union decided to send in, on the morning of 17 September, Red Army units into the so-called Eastern Borderlines, which nowadays form part of the territories of Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania.
Obviously, there was no alternative. Otherwise, the USSR would face seriously increased risks because – I will say this again – the old Soviet-Polish border ran only within a few tens of kilometers of Minsk. The country would have to enter the inevitable war with the Nazis from very disadvantageous strategic positions, while millions of people of different nationalities, including the Jews living near Brest and Grodno, Przemyśl, Lvov and Wilno, would be left to die at the hands of the Nazis and their local accomplices – anti-Semites and radical nationalists.
The fact that the Soviet Union sought to avoid engaging in the growing conflict for as long as possible and was unwilling to fight side by side with Germany was the reason why the real contact between the Soviet and the German troops occurred much farther east than the borders agreed in the secret protocol. It was not on the Vistula River but closer to the so-called Curzon Line, which back in 1919 was recommended by the Triple Entente as the eastern border of Poland.
As is known, there is hardly any point in using the subjunctive mood when we speak of the past events. I will only say that, in September 1939, the Soviet leadership had an opportunity to move the western borders of the USSR even farther west, all the way to Warsaw, but decided against it.
The Germans suggested formalizing the new status quo. On September 28, 1939 Joachim von Ribbentrop and V.Molotov signed in Moscow the Boundary and Friendship Treaty between Germany and the Soviet Union, as well as the secret protocol on changing the state border, according to which the border was recognized at the demarcation line where the two armies de-facto stood.
In autumn 1939, the Soviet Union, pursuing its strategic military and defensive goals, started the process of the incorporation of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Their accession to the USSR was implemented on a contractual basis, with the consent of the elected authorities. This was in line with international and state law of that time. Besides, in October 1939, the city of Vilna and the surrounding area, which had previously been part of Poland, were returned to Lithuania. The Baltic republics within the USSR preserved their government bodies, language, and had representation in the higher state structures of the Soviet Union.
During all these months there was an ongoing invisible diplomatic and politico-military struggle and intelligence work. Moscow understood that it was facing a fierce and cruel enemy, and that a covert war against Nazism was already going on. And there is no reason to take official statements and formal protocol notes of that time as a proof of ‘friendship’ between the USSR and Germany. The Soviet Union had active trade and technical contacts not only with Germany, but with other countries as well. Whereas Hitler tried again and again to draw the Soviet Union into Germany’s confrontation with the UK. But the Soviet government stood firm.
The last attempt to persuade the USSR to act together was made by Hitler during the visit of Molotov to Berlin in November 1940. But Molotov accurately followed Stalin’s instructions and limited himself to a general discussion of the German idea of the Soviet Union joining the Tripartite Pact signed by Germany, Italy and Japan in September 1940 and directed against the UK and the USA. No wonder that already on November 17 Molotov gave the following instructions to Soviet plenipotentiary representative in London Ivan Maisky: “For your information…No agreement was signed or was intended to be signed in Berlin. We just exchanged our views in Berlin…and that was all…Apparently, the Germans and the Japanese seem anxious to push us towards the Gulf and India. We declined the discussion of this matter as we consider such advice on the part of Germany to be inappropriate.” And on November 25 the Soviet leadership called it a day altogether by officially putting forward to Berlin the conditions that were unacceptable to the Nazis, including the withdrawal of German troops from Finland, mutual assistance treaty between Bulgaria and the USSR, and a number of others. Thus it deliberately excluded any possibility of joining the Pact. Such position definitely shaped the Fuehrer’s intention to unleash a war against the USSR. And already in December, putting aside the warnings of his strategists about the disastrous danger of having a two-front war, Hitler approved the Barbarossa Plan. He did this with the knowledge that the Soviet Union was the major force that opposed him in Europe and that the upcoming battle in the East would decide the outcome of the world war. And he had no doubts as to the swiftness and success of the Moscow campaign.
And here I would like to highlight the following: Western countries, as a matter of fact, agreed at that time with the Soviet actions and recognized the Soviet Union’s intention to ensure its national security. Indeed, back on October 1, 1939 Winston Churchill, the First Lord of the Admiralty back then, in his speech on the radio said, “Russia has pursued a cold policy of self-interest… But that the Russian armies should stand on this line [the new Western border is meant] was clearly necessary for the safety of Russia against the Nazi menace.” On October 4, 1939 speaking in the House of Lords British Foreign Secretary Halifax said, “…it should be recalled that the Soviet government’s actions were to move the border essentially to the line recommended at the Versailles Conference by Lord Curzon… I only cite historical facts and believe they are indisputable.” Prominent British politician and statesman D. Lloyd George emphasized, “The Russian armies occupied the territories that are not Polish and that were forcibly seized by Poland after the First World War … It would be an act of criminal insanity to put the Russian advancement on a par with the German one.”
In informal communications with Soviet plenipotentiary representative Maisky, British diplomats and high-level politicians spoke even more openly. On October 17, 1939 Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs R. A. Butler confided him that the British government circles believed there could be no question of returning Western Ukraine and Belarus to Poland. According to him, if it had been possible to create an ethnographic Poland of a modest size with a guarantee not only of the USSR and Germany, but also of Britain and France, the British government would have considered itself quite satisfied. On October 27, 1939, Chamberlain’s senior advisor H.Wilson said that Poland had to be restored as an independent state on its ethnographic basis, but without Western Ukraine and Belarus.
It is worth noting that in the course of these conversations the possibilities for improving British-Soviet relations were also being explored. These contacts to a large extent laid the foundation for future alliance and anti-Hitler coalition. Churchill stood out among other responsible and far-sighted politicians and, despite his infamous dislike for the USSR, had been in favour of cooperating with the Soviets even before. Back in May 1939, he said in the House of Commons, “We shall be in mortal danger if we fail to create a grand alliance against aggression. The worst folly would be to drive away any natural cooperation with Soviet Russia.” And after the start of hostilities in Europe, at his meeting with Maisky on October 6, 1939 he confided that there were no serious contradictions between the UK and the USSR and, therefore, there was no reason for strained or unsatisfactory relations. He also mentioned that the British government was eager to develop trade relations and willing to discuss any other measures that might improve the relationships.
The Second World War did not happen overnight, nor did it start unexpectedly or all of a sudden. And German aggression against Poland was not out of nowhere. It was the result of a number of tendencies and factors of the world policy of that time. All pre-war events fell into place to form one fatal chain. But, undoubtedly, the main factors that predetermined the greatest tragedy in the history of mankind were state egoism, cowardice, appeasement of the aggressor who was gaining strength, and unwillingness of political elites to search for a compromise.
Therefore, it is unfair to claim that the two-day visit to Moscow of Nazi Foreign Minister Ribbentrop was the main reason for the start of the Second World War. All the leading countries are to a certain extent responsible for its outbreak. Each of them made fatal mistakes, arrogantly believing that they could outsmart others, secure unilateral advantages for themselves or stay away from the impending world catastrophe. And this short-sightedness, the refusal to create a collective security system cost millions of lives and tremendous losses.
Saying this, I by no means intend to take on the role of a judge, to accuse or acquit anyone, let alone initiate a new round of international information confrontation in the historical field that could set countries and peoples at loggerheads. I believe that it is academics with a wide representation of respected scientists from different countries of the world who should search for a balanced assessment of what happened. We all need the truth and objectivity. On my part, I have always encouraged my colleagues to build a calm, open and trust-based dialogue, to look at the common past in a self-critical and unbiased manner. Such an approach will make it possible not to repeat the errors committed back then and to ensure peaceful and successful development for years to come.
However, many of our partners are not yet ready for joint work. On the contrary, pursuing their goals, they increase the number and the scope of information attacks against our country, trying to make us provide excuses and feel guilty, and adopt thoroughly hypocritical and politically motivated declarations. Thus, for example, the resolution on the Importance of European Remembrance for the Future of Europe approved by the European Parliament on 19 September 2019 directly accused the USSR together with the Nazi Germany of unleashing the Second World War. Needless to say, there is no mention of Munich in it whatsoever.
I believe that such ‘paperwork’ – for I cannot call this resolution a document – which is clearly intended to provoke a scandal, is fraught with real and dangerous threats. Indeed, it was adopted by a highly respectable institution. And what does that show? Regrettably, this reveals a deliberate policy aimed at destroying the post-war world order whose creation was a matter of honour and responsibility for States a number of representatives of which voted today in favour of this deceitful resolution. Thus, they challenged the conclusions of the Nuremberg Tribunal and the efforts of the international community to create after the victorious 1945 universal international institutions. Let me remind you in this regard that the process of European integration itself leading to the establishment of relevant structures, including the European Parliament, became possible only due to the lessons learnt form the past and its accurate legal and political assessment. And those who deliberately put this consensus into question undermine the foundations of the entire post-war Europe.
Apart from posing a threat to the fundamental principles of the world order, this also raises certain moral and ethical issues. Desecrating and insulting the memory is mean. Meanness can be deliberate, hypocritical and pretty much intentional as in the situation when declarations commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War mention all participants in the anti-Hitler coalition except for the Soviet Union. Meanness can be cowardly as in the situation when monuments erected in honour of those who fought against Nazism are demolished and these shameful acts are justified by the false slogans of the fight against an unwelcome ideology and alleged occupation. Meanness can also be bloody as in the situation when those who come out against neo-Nazis and Bandera’s successors are killed and burned. Once again, meanness can have different manifestations, but this does not make it less disgusting.
Neglecting the lessons of history inevitably leads to a harsh payback. We will firmly uphold the truth based on documented historical facts. We will continue to be honest and impartial about the events of World War II. This includes a large-scale project to establish Russia’s largest collection of archival records, film and photo materials about the history of World War II and the pre‑war period.
Such work is already underway. Many new, recently discovered or declassified materials were also used in the preparation of this article. In this regard, I can state with all responsibility that there are no archive documents that would confirm the assumption that the USSR intended to start a preventive war against Germany. The Soviet military leadership indeed followed a doctrine according to which, in the event of aggression, the Red Army would promptly confront the enemy, go on the offensive and wage war on enemy territory. However, such strategic plans did not imply any intention to attack Germany first.
Of course, military planning documents, letters of instruction of Soviet and German headquarters are now available to historians. Finally, we know the true course of events. From the perspective of this knowledge, many argue about the actions, mistakes and misjudgment of the country’s military and political leadership. In this regard, I will say one thing: along with a huge flow of misinformation of various kinds, Soviet leaders also received true information about the upcoming Nazi aggression. And in the pre-war months, they took steps to improve the combat readiness of the country, including the secret recruitment of a part of those liable for military duty for military training and the redeployment of units and reserves from internal military districts to western borders.
The war did not come as a surprise, people were expecting it, preparing for it. But the Nazi attack was truly unprecedented in terms of its destructive power. On June 22, 1941, the Soviet Union faced the strongest, most mobilized and skilled army in the world with the industrial, economic and military potential of almost all Europe working for it. Not only the Wehrmacht, but also German satellites, military contingents of many other states of the European continent, took part in this deadly invasion.
The most serious military defeats in 1941 brought the country to the brink of catastrophe. Combat power and control had to be restored by extreme means, nation-wide mobilization and intensification of all efforts of the state and the people. In summer 1941, millions of citizens, hundreds of factories and industries began to be evacuated under enemy fire to the east of the country. The manufacture of weapons and munition, that had started to be supplied to the front already in the first military winter, was launched in the shortest possible time, and by 1943, the rates of military production of Germany and its allies were exceeded. Within six months, the Soviet people did something that seemed impossible. Both on the front lines and the home front. It is still hard to realize, understand and imagine what incredible efforts, courage, dedication these greatest achievements were worth.
The tremendous power of Soviet society, united by the desire to protect their native land, rose against the powerful, armed to the teeth, cold-blooded Nazi invading machine. It stood up to take revenge on the enemy, who had broken, trampled peaceful life, people’s plans and hopes.
Of course, fear, confusion and desperation were taking over some people during this terrible and bloody war. There were betrayal and desertion. The harsh split caused by the revolution and the Civil War, nihilism, mockery of national history, traditions and faith that the Bolsheviks tried to impose, especially in the first years after coming to power – all of this had its impact. But the general attitude of the absolute majority of Soviet citizens and our compatriots who found themselves abroad was different – to save and protect the Motherland. It was a real and irrepressible impulse. People were looking for support in true patriotic values.
The Nazi “strategists” were convinced that a huge multinational state could easily be brought to heel. They thought that the sudden outbreak of the war, its mercilessness and unbearable hardships would inevitably exacerbate inter-ethnic relations. And that the country could be split into pieces. Hitler clearly stated: “Our policy towards the peoples living in the vastness of Russia should be to promote any form of disagreement and division”.
But from the very first days, it was clear that the Nazi plan had failed. The Brest Fortress was protected to the last drop of blood by its defenders of more than 30 ethnicities. Throughout the war, the feat of the Soviet people knew no national boundaries – both in large-scale decisive battles and in the protection of every foothold, every meter of native land.
The Volga region and the Urals, Siberia and the Far East, the republics of Central Asia and Transcaucasia became home to millions of evacuees. Their residents shared everything they had and provided all the support they could. Friendship of peoples and mutual help became a real indestructible fortress for the enemy.
The Soviet Union and the Red Army, no matter what anyone is trying to prove today, made the main and crucial contribution to the defeat of Nazism. These were heroes who fought to the end surrounded by the enemy at Bialystok and Mogilev, Uman and Kiev, Vyazma and Kharkov. They launched attacks near Moscow and Stalingrad, Sevastopol and Odessa, Kursk and Smolensk. They liberated Warsaw, Belgrade, Vienna and Prague. They stormed Koenigsberg and Berlin.
We contend for genuine, unvarnished, or whitewashed truth about war. This national, human truth, which is hard, bitter and merciless, has been handed down to us by writers and poets who walked through fire and hell of front trials. For my generation, as well as for others, their honest and deep stories, novels, piercing trench prose and poems have left their mark in my soul forever. Honoring veterans who did everything they could for the Victory and remembering those who died on the battlefield has become our moral duty.
And today, the simple and great in its essence lines of Alexander Tvardovsky’s poem “I was killed near Rzhev …” dedicated to the participants of the bloody and brutal battle of the Great Patriotic War in the center of the Soviet-German front line are astonishing. Only in the battles for Rzhev and the Rzhevsky Salient from October 1941 to March 1943, the Red Army lost 1,154, 698 people, including wounded and missing. For the first time, I call out these terrible, tragic and far from complete figures collected from archive sources. I do it to honor the memory of the feat of known and nameless heroes, who for various reasons were undeservingly, and unfairly little talked about or not mentioned at all in the post-war years.
Let me cite you another document. This is a report of February 1954 on reparation from Germany by the Allied Commission on Reparations headed by Ivan Maisky. The Commission’s task was to define a formula according to which defeated Germany would have to pay for the damages sustained by the victor powers. The Commission concluded that “the number of soldier-days spent by Germany on the Soviet front is at least 10 times higher than on all other allied fronts. The Soviet front also had to handle four-fifths of German tanks and about two-thirds of German aircraft.” On the whole, the USSR accounted for about 75 percent of all military efforts undertaken by the anti-Hitler coalition. During the war period, the Red Army “ground up” 626 divisions of the Axis states, of which 508 were German.
On April 28, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his address to the American nation: “These Russian forces have destroyed and are destroying more armed power of our enemies – troops, planes, tanks, and guns – than all the other United Nations put together”. Winston Churchill in his message to Joseph Stalin of September 27, 1944, wrote “that it is the Russian army that tore the guts out of the German military machine…”.
Such an assessment has resonated throughout the world. Because these words are the great truth, which no one doubted then. Almost 27 million Soviet citizens lost their lives on the fronts, in German prisons, starved to death and were bombed, died in ghettos and furnaces of the Nazi death camps. The USSR lost one in seven of its citizens, the UK lost one in 127, and the USA lost one in 320. Unfortunately, this figure of the Soviet Union’s hardest and grievous losses is not exhaustive. The painstaking work should be continued to restore the names and fates of all who have perished – Red Army soldiers, partisans, underground fighters, prisoners of war and concentration camps, and civilians killed by the death squads. It is our duty. And here, members of the search movement, military‑patriotic and volunteer associations, such projects as the electronic database “Pamyat Naroda”, which contains archival documents, play a special role. And, surely, close international cooperation is needed in such a common humanitarian task.
The efforts of all countries and peoples who fought against a common enemy resulted in victory. The British army protected its homeland from invasion, fought the Nazis and their satellites in the Mediterranean and North Africa. American and British troops liberated Italy and opened the Second Front. The US dealt powerful and crushing strikes against the aggressor in the Pacific Ocean. We remember the tremendous sacrifices made by the Chinese people and their great role in defeating Japanese militarists. Let us not forget the fighters of Fighting France, who did not fall for the shameful capitulation and continued to fight against the Nazis.
We will also always be grateful for the assistance rendered by the Allies in providing the Red Army with ammunition, raw materials, food and equipment. And that help was significant – about 7 percent of the total military production of the Soviet Union.
The core of the anti-Hitler coalition began to take shape immediately after the attack on the Soviet Union where the United States and Britain unconditionally supported it in the fight against Hitler’s Germany. At the Tehran conference in 1943, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill formed an alliance of great powers, agreed to elaborate coalition diplomacy and a joint strategy in the fight against a common deadly threat. The leaders of the Big Three had a clear understanding that the unification of industrial, resource and military capabilities of the USSR, the United States and the UK will give unchallenged supremacy over the enemy.
The Soviet Union fully fulfilled its obligations to its allies and always offered a helping hand. Thus, the Red Army supported the landing of the Anglo-American troops in Normandy by carrying out a large-scale Operation Bagration in Belarus. In January 1945, having broken through to the Oder River, it put an end to the last powerful offensive of the Wehrmacht on the Western Front in the Ardennes. Three months after the victory over Germany, the USSR, in full accordance with the Yalta agreements, declared war on Japan and defeated the million-strong Kwantung Army.
Back in July 1941, the Soviet leadership declared that the purpose of the War against fascist oppressors was not only the elimination of the threat looming over our country, but also help for all the peoples of Europe suffering under the yoke of German fascism. By the middle of 1944, the enemy was expelled from virtually all of the Soviet territory. However, the enemy had to be finished off in its lair. And so the Red Army started its liberation mission in Europe. It saved entire nations from destruction and enslavement, and from the horror of the Holocaust. They were saved at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives of Soviet soldiers.
It is also important not to forget about the enormous material assistance that the USSR provided to the liberated countries in eliminating the threat of hunger and in rebuilding their economies and infrastructure. That was being done at the time when ashes stretched for thousands of miles all the way from Brest to Moscow and the Volga. For instance, in May 1945, the Austrian government asked the USSR to provide assistance with food, as it “had no idea how to feed its population in the next seven weeks before the new harvest.” The state chancellor of the provisional government of the Austrian Republic Karl Renner described the consent of the Soviet leadership to send food as a saving act that the Austrians would never forget.
The Allies jointly established the International Military Tribunal to punish Nazi political and war criminals. Its decisions contained a clear legal qualification of crimes against humanity, such as genocide, ethnic and religious cleansing, anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Directly and unambiguously, the Nuremberg Tribunal also condemned the accomplices of the Nazis, collaborators of various kinds.
This shameful phenomenon manifested itself in all European countries. Such figures as Pétain, Quisling, Vlasov, Bandera, their henchmen and followers – though they were disguised as fighters for national independence or freedom from communism – are traitors and slaughterers. In inhumanity, they often exceeded their masters. In their desire to serve, as part of special punitive groups they willingly executed the most inhuman orders. They were responsible for such bloody events as the shootings of Babi Yar, the Volhynia massacre, burnt Khatyn, acts of destruction of Jews in Lithuania and Latvia.
Today as well, our position remains unchanged – there can be no excuse for the criminal acts of Nazi collaborators, there is no statute of limitations for them. It is therefore bewildering that in certain countries those who are smirched with cooperation with the Nazis are suddenly equated with the Second World War veterans. I believe that it is unacceptable to equate liberators with occupants. And I can only regard the glorification of Nazi collaborators as a betrayal of the memory of our fathers and grandfathers. A betrayal of the ideals that united peoples in the fight against Nazism.
At that time, the leaders of the USSR, the United States, and the UK faced, without exaggeration, a historic task. Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill represented the countries with different ideologies, state aspirations, interests, cultures, but demonstrated great political will, rose above the contradictions and preferences and put the true interests of peace at the forefront. As a result, they were able to come to an agreement and achieve a solution from which all of humanity has benefited.
The victorious powers left us a system that has become the quintessence of the intellectual and political quest of several centuries. A series of conferences – Tehran, Yalta, San Francisco and Potsdam – laid the foundation of a world that for 75 years had no global war, despite the sharpest contradictions.
Historical revisionism, the manifestations of which we now observe in the West, and primarily with regard to the subject of the Second World War and its outcome, is dangerous because it grossly and cynically distorts the understanding of the principles of peaceful development, laid down at the Yalta and San Francisco conferences in 1945. The major historic achievement of Yalta and other decisions of that time is the agreement to create a mechanism that would allow the leading powers to remain within the framework of diplomacy in resolving their differences.
The twentieth century brought large-scale and comprehensive global conflicts, and in 1945 the nuclear weapons capable of physically destroying the Earth also entered the scene. In other words, the settlement of disputes by force has become prohibitively dangerous. And the victors in the Second World War understood that. They understood and were aware of their own responsibility towards humanity.
The cautionary tale of the League of Nations was taken into account in 1945. The structure of the UN Security Council was developed in a way to make peace guarantees as concrete and effective as possible. That is how the institution of the permanent members of the Security Council and the right of the veto as their privilege and responsibility came into being.
A new global confrontation started almost immediately after the end of the Second World War and was at times very fierce. And the fact that the Cold War did not grow into the Third World War has become a clear testimony of the effectiveness of the agreements concluded by the Big Three. The rules of conduct agreed upon during the creation of the United Nations made it possible to further minimize risks and keep confrontation under control.
The calls that have been made quite often in recent years to abolish the veto power, to deny special opportunities to permanent members of the Security Council are actually irresponsible. After all, if that happens, the United Nations would in essence become the League of Nations – a meeting for empty talk without any leverage on the world processes. How it ended is well known. That is why the victorious powers approached the formation of the new system of the world order with utmost seriousness seeking to avoid repetition of the mistakes of their predecessors.
The creation of the modern system of international relations is one of the major outcomes of the Second World War. Even the most insurmountable contradictions – geopolitical, ideological, economic – do not prevent us from finding forms of peaceful coexistence and interaction, if there is the desire and will to do so. Today the world is going through quite a turbulent time. Everything is changing, from the global balance of power and influence to the social, economic and technological foundations of societies, nations and even continents. In the past epochs, shifts of such magnitude have almost never happened without major military conflicts. Without a power struggle to build a new global hierarchy. Thanks to the wisdom and farsightedness of the political figures of the Allied Powers, it was possible to create a system that has restrained from extreme manifestations of such objective competition, historically inherent in the world development.
It is a duty of ours – all those who take political responsibility and primarily representatives of the victorious powers in the Second World War – to guarantee that this system is maintained and improved. Today, as in 1945, it is important to demonstrate political will and discuss the future together. Our colleagues – Mr. Xi Jinping, Mr. Macron, Mr. Trump and Mr. Johnson – supported the Russian initiative to hold a meeting of the leaders of the five nuclear-weapon States, permanent members of the Security Council. We thank them for this and hope that such a face-to-face meeting could take place as soon as possible.
What is our vision of the agenda for the upcoming summit? First of all, in our opinion, it would be useful to discuss steps to develop collective principles in world affairs. To speak frankly about the issues of preserving peace, strengthening global and regional security, strategic arms control, as well as joint efforts in countering terrorism, extremism and other major challenges and threats.
A special item on the agenda of the meeting is the situation in the global economy. And above all, overcoming the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Our countries are taking unprecedented measures to protect the health and lives of people and to support citizens who have found themselves in difficult living situations. Our ability to work together and in concert, as real partners, will show how severe the impact of the pandemic will be, and how quickly the global economy will emerge from the recession. Moreover, it is unacceptable to turn the economy into an instrument of pressure and confrontation. Popular issues include environmental protection and combating climate change, as well as ensuring the security of the global information space.
The agenda proposed by Russia for the upcoming summit of the Five is extremely important and relevant both for our countries and for the entire world. And we have specific ideas and initiatives on all the items.
There can be no doubt that the summit of Russia, China, France, the United States, and the UK can play an important role in finding common answers to modern challenges and threats, and will demonstrate a common commitment to the spirit of alliance, to those high humanist ideals and values for which our fathers and grandfathers were fighting shoulder to shoulder.
Drawing on a shared historical memory, we can trust each other and must do so. That will serve as a solid basis for successful negotiations and concerted action for the sake of enhancing the stability and security on the planet and for the sake of prosperity and well-being of all States. Without exaggeration, it is our common duty and responsibility towards the entire world, towards the present and future generations.
Vladimir Putin serves as President of the Russian Federation.
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The very first Victory Day Parade on Red Square. It actually took place on June 24, not on May 9. It was only much later that May 9th parade became a tradition.
Watch the famous footage of the defeated Nazi armies’ banners being thrown to the foot of the Kremlin & Mausoleum, including Hitler’s personal banner, starting @ 33:05!
There is a remarkable story and symbolism attached to it: the soldiers throwing the banners are wearing black gloves, which were sewn especially for the occasion, so they would not touch the ‘brown plague of Nazism’ with their bare hands. After the event, the gloves were burned.
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The walk of shame of 57,000 captured German Nazi generals, officers and soldiers through Moscow, July 17, 1944. (They marched them through Tverskaya (back then Gorky) Street – the street they planned to invade Moscow through!
This story is truly remarkable. In 1941, the German Nazi command was preparing to capture Moscow. The German troops were 30 km from Moscow. Several heavy cargo trains were sent from Germany, loaded with parade uniforms for the ‘victorious German parade’ and granite to build the monument to German army on RED SQUARE!
It seemed all was lost. But the government never moved out of Moscow, Stalin never went into hiding, even though he was advised to do so. And on the night of November 6th to 7th, the red ruby stars on top of the Kremlin towers were uncovered and lit up, despite bombings. The famous November 7, 1941 Red Square parade lasted only 25 minutes. For the parade the regiments were pulled from the frontlines, and regiments of Moscow volunteers and cadets joined the ranks. From the parade all of these people went straight to the front lines, and many of them never returned. But the parade and the lit up red Kremlin stars made such an impact on troops that the German advancement was stopped and Moscow was saved.
In 1944 most, or all, territory of the USSR was already liberated and it was clear: next stop, Berlin! In July 1944 the Russian government made an announcement regarding the ‘walk of shame’ of half a million captured would-be-invaders. ‘Those individuals were looking forward to visiting Moscow since 1941 on their tanks,’ said the announcement, ‘and generous Soviet people decided to grant them this opportunity, albeit as captured war criminals and enemy combatants.’ Thousands upon thousands of Moscovites came out to watch those who tried to enslave them, those who killed 27 million of Soviet citizens, being convoyed on a sunny day through Moscow. That included many generals and high-ranking officers.
Watch the footage below: Russian people were extremely, remarkably calm and forgiving. In any other country, any other reality, after what Germans and other Nazi/fascist aggressors did to Russia/USSR and its people, they would be torn to pieces right there. And no one would blame the people.
The symbolism is rich and very telling. At the end, after the walk of shame is complete, the street washing machines, a Moscow tradition since 1930s, had washed away the ‘brown plague’ of Nazism, symbolically cleansing the streets of that deadly malaise. Later in this documentary beautifully made on the spot, people are shown returning to their peaceful daily routines.
The POWs shown were made work to rebuild Moscow and many of the cities and towns they had bombed, destroyed and burned. After that, many of them were allowed to return home, to Germany. The mercy shown to them, in my humble opinion, was out of this world and way above and beyond the call of duty. It was a totally different story with the Russian/Soviet POWs Germans had captured. It only came out in the past 20 or so years that in 1941, during the first several months of aggression, Germans and their allies, such as Romanians, killed between 1.5 and 2 million(!!!!) Soviet soldiers they had captured!!!! It was only later that they realized that by killing everyone left and right they created an enemy that resisted them to the end. They started sending them to concentration camps instead, where they were worked and starved to death. Any captured Soviet generals and officers were tortured and killed when they refused to cooperate with Nazis. Very few Russian/Soviet soldiers, if any, ever returned home. MOST GERMAN POWs DID SURVIVE and returned home!
And after this, they have the nerve to whine that Russians were somehow ‘not nice’ or that Russians ‘occupied’ them. Or the lie of lies, that Russians ‘raped’ a million German women??! No, they raped a billion – the bigger a lie the better. This is a common re-writing of history to whitewash their own sins and crimes: the victim, Russia/USSR, is portrayed as aggressor, while the aggressor, Germany and its allies, are portrayed as poor, innocent victim. And how desperate the EU and West in general are to reverse these polarities, to re-write history, especially now, during the 75th anniversary of Victory!
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It happened before – many, many times! But it won’t happen this time. The truth is out there, and it refuses to be overridden!
Actually, German women felt their men betrayed them and their country by starting a war they had lost and destroying their lives. Therefore, it was natural they were grateful to Russian soldiers, who actually fed them and did no harm. (SEE 75 Years Later, Nazism Won in Europe? FOR MORE!)
Russians did not start that war! They ended it and made sure it sticks! As Russians always do! And that’s very much UNLIKE what Germans did in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus! (SEE EARTH SHIFT & RUSSIA THE GREAT BALANCER!)
Frankly, I am disgusted at the comments I sometimes get. Whether people in the West really are that ignorant and don’t know about the extreme atrocities committed by German Nazis and their allies from all over Europe, or they don’t want to know?… Sure, your history books and media lie. But boy, there is internet, and the truth is available, for example, on this blog!
And unfortunately Russians were silent for too many years, which has allowed all kinds of dark forces to take over the internet, books, news and narrative, twisting the uncomfortable for most Europeans truth and perpetuating the convenient lies. But now more and more truth and good info does come out!
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1st Victory Train from Berlin, Belorussky Station, Moscow, May 10, 1945.
Very famous footage. Its story is equally fascinating. They say thousands were awaiting Victory Train #1 from Berlin for hours, but it kept being delayed. Traffic in all directions, from and to the USSR was extremely active, as people and troops were moving back and forth. The train was detained near the border and stood on auxiliary platform for hours. People waited and waited at Moscow’s Belorussky Vokzal (Belorussian train station). Trains from various directions arrived. Each train said: “We are from Königsberg” or “We are from Warsaw.” But the long-awaited Berlin train wasn’t coming. Finally, the word on the street was that it was arriving and crowds streamed to the platform. Sure enough, the arriving train, which was immediately covered with flowers thrown by the crowds, said “We are from Berlin!”
The war was officially over, the extreme joy was palpable. Some families were re-united, while others never saw their loved ones.
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Re-posting this article from Stanislav as a whole!
Stanislav Sokolov, May, 2019:
In 2015 I translated Georgij Zotov’s article Repentance of Berlin. After 70 years, the Germans have an unambiguous attitude towards the Soviet victory.
This year it elicited the following comment:
LaRock on March 6, 2019 at 19:50 said:
The war is over stop punishing Germany
To which I replied:
Stanislav on March 12, 2019 at 20:02 said:
This comment should be addressed to the USA, who are still occupying and punishing Germany. If you read the article, you’d see that it’s about remembrance and reconciliation.
However, a better reply would have been a translation of an even earlier article by Zotov, one from 2013. I am translating it below, followed by a translation of two reader comments from AiF and my thoughts on them and what Zotov wrote in one particular paragraph.
Today, with racism and calls to war and genocide being the norm on the pages of the Western MSM (“racism” is a common-root synonym of “russophobia”) and the number of the Western troops and war hardware right on the Russian border being the highest since the June of 1941, it is time to remember. For while the West is collectively shrugging off 1941-1945 as “just another invasion of Russia” and preparing for a new one, Russia remembers, watches closely and prepares to defend its land once more.
In this today’s context remembrance is the key to preventing another invasion of Russia by the West, and prevent this time hundreds of millions people being killed – both defenders, attackers and bystanders…
Argumenty i Fakty, 05.05.2013
“AiF” correspondent talked in Germany with a lot of people, including the grandson of Rudolf Hess. And found out that the Victory Day is respected, but most residents of Germany do not know how many lives we lost in The War.
The 15-year-old Gunther suddenly had a seizure – an hour after the start of the tour. He fell to his knees beside the barracks and began to sob, smearing tears on his cheeks. A crowd gathered around the boy. Someone from his high school was calling on a cellphone, someone searched the pockets for pills. “Why?!” Gunther shouted. “How could the Germans do THIS to people?! Do we even deserve forgiveness?”
Rally participants of the Youth caravan of peace in the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau. 1986 meeting of participants of the Youth caravan of the world in the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau. 1986 Photo – RIA Novosti
Nervous breakdowns of German teenagers in the ex-concentration camp of the SS Dachau near Munich are quite common. Despite this, a visit to the memorial is included in the compulsory school curriculum for high school. Children are shown the crematorium ovens, where tens of thousands of prisoners burned, gas chambers and photos of savage experiments of SS doctors. “It is necessary in order for this not to happen again,” the Museum employee told me. “After all, the worst of evils is forgotten over time.” That’s, probably, the case. According to polls, 80% of Germans now do not know that their grandfathers killed 27 million people in the USSR…
“Land of ice and snow”
“What do I think about the Victory Day? Oh, the Russians seem like mysterious heroes from science fiction films to me. That’s, probably, how the people, who overturned Hitler should appear. Many Germans still do not understand why Germany decided to fight with you. We have much in common as peoples – take, for example, at least a love for sausages and beer!»
73-year-old lawyer Rolf Clement was a child when the war began. His cousin, an officer of the Wehrmacht, froze to death in Stalingrad. He says, there can be no hard feelings: “We attacked, you defended. Fair enough.” But Rolf has a different attitude towards the Americans and the British: “In the Summer of 43, their aircraft completely burned Hamburg, killing 42 thousand people. Is this the right kind of war?” The Germans often emphasized in the interviews: Hitler was a monster, but they also had hard times when he was in power. They remember the death of Paulus’s army, the bombing of the cities, and the fall of Berlin. They are well aware of the Holocaust and the millions of Jews killed in concentration camps. However, the inhabitants of Germany do not know much about the seas of blood, which flooded the Soviet Union.
“For the Germans,” says historian Gerhard Büchlein “Russia is a country of ice and snow, where “General Winter” froze poor boys dressed in a uniform with a swastika. But in Germany they shy to argue on the topic that the Wehrmacht and the SS perpetrated on the occupied territory of the USSR. On TV and in press they do not forget to mention: only 6 thousand soldiers (from 100 thousand taken as POWs in Stalingrad) have returned home. However, few people know that 3 million Soviet prisoners of war were tortured in the SS concentration camps. We are horrified by the allied air raids – 600 thousand Germans buried alive under the rubble of buildings in Berlin, Dresden, Regensburg. And we have no idea that exactly the same number of people died from hunger and shelling because of the siege of Leningrad.”
Hamburg 1943. Photo: globallookpress.com
Munich (like Hamburg) was also bombed, though less so. Some “significant places” of the Third Reich survived, but then they were destroyed by the Germans themselves. For example, a demolished pub “Burgerbraukeller”, where Hitler pushed speeches (for the avoidance of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis). The man I’m interviewing is taking me downtown.
“You know,” I say to my companion. “If my grandfather had seen us, he would not have liked it.”
“Hmm,” he says in reply. “And mine even less so. I’m sitting next to a Russian!”
“Did we kill so many?!»
My grandfather was a Soviet military pilot, was shot down in late 1944 and remained in captivity until the German surrender. The grandfather of my interlocutor, 34-year-old engineer Wolf Hess, was Hitler’s Deputy for the party, obergruppenführer Rudolf Hess. Wolf himself is anti-fascist and sincerely believes that May the 9th is the liberation of his country from dictatorship. “I want to know,” he asks. “If I come to Russia, will I have any difficulties?” “Of course not,” I say. “Even those who fought forgave the Germans.” Wolf nods: “I never felt that the Russians were our enemies. And… how many civilians died in the USSR?” I answer him – about 18 million. Executions of hostages, mass executions in Babi Yar, punitive actions, automated suffocator machines in Krasnodar. Wolf pales. “Really that many?!»
This phrase is one that I often hear in Germany. “Do you want to see photos on the Internet?” I enquire. “There are SS men posing next to the mountains of corpses. There are thousands of pictures in the archives.” My companion is lost in thought. “We rarely talk about it,” he sighs. “The main theme of the atrocities of the Nazis is Holocaust.”
In my opinion, we should not forget the Holocaust. It’s the insane destruction of an entire nation, from babies to old people. Another thing – it turns out that repentance for the atrocities of the German army is very selective. Films, talk shows and TV shows are devoted to one fact, while the others are kept under wraps. Even in Austria, in a town near the former SS Mauthausen concentration camp, when I asked passers-bys about who had been killed in the barracks, the opinions are divided. “Jews, I think,” said one man. “Communists,” remembered the second. No one named the Russians, but 39% of the prisoners of Mauthausen were Soviet prisoners of war. The image of the Eastern front in the thinking of modern Germans is the snow, the horrors of storming of the burning Berlin and the the soldiers in Stalingrad, devoid of human appearance. Marking May the 9th as the day of the defeat of the Third Reich, Germany still did not realize the scale of the victims among the population of the USSR. No, we don’t need to be apologized to endlessly. It would be nice to just remember…
Prisoners of the German concentration camp Mauthausen, Austria. May 5, 1945. Photo source – RIA Novosti
One of the students, who arrived in Dachau in a group with Gunther, talked to me while his classmate was given a sedative. “You are from Moscow? Must be a big city. But I don’t even know – were the Germans in Moscow during the war?” “A lot of them,” I said to the boy. “They built a bunch of houses around the “Forum” cinema, helped to build Moscow State University, restored the factories”. “So they were prisoners?” the boy was embarrassed. “Oh… excuse me for asking.” “No problem,” I smiled. “But now you know the truth.”
The following line in Zotov’s article:
“Even those who fought forgave the Germans.”
sparked righteous anger with two of the AiF readers, resulting in the following comments, which I think are important to translate:
Alksander Stepanko, 08.05.2013:
I didn’t fight [in that war]… born in 1957. Comrade Zotov! Who gave You the right to speak for everyone!? How can we forgive the torturers?! … the killed, buried alive, perished 27 million !!!…. How can this be forgiven?! Did you even understand what you wrote?!
Alla Rybkina, 11.02.2015:
I am from 1949 and neither I nor my children will ever forgive the GERMANS, they buried my grandmother and her children alive in a huge pit of, and forced my grandfather to dig them in, he was Polish. My mother miraculously survived. And my mother-in-law lost all her teeth in the Blockade when she was 30, but rescued two daughters. How can this be forgiven??????????????.
These are very powerful testimonials, and one can collect millions of such testimonials throughout the country that once was USSR. I think, however, that neither Zotov nor these commentators are right. Forgiveness cannot be bestowed upon a Nation as a whole – it can be given to the actual German perpetrator of the war crimes. But what they did cannot be forgiven nor forgotten. The contemporary Germans, the young and those who never fought in that war – there is nothing to forgive them for. We can only hope to build common relations, remember and ensure that the atrocities of WWII are never repeated. Together.
But those Germans who in 1941-1945 came to Russia to kill and conquer, those who inspired them, like Hitler, and those who financed them, like Henry Ford and grandfather of two American presidents – Bush, those Western powers (Britain, France among others) who during the Munich Conspiracy of 1938 gave their active blessing to the start of WWII, thinking that it would not touch them, but would only become a battering ram against the USSR (much like the 2014 neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine).
These are the forces deserving the righteous anger of the Russian people, not the Germans as a whole. It should also be remembered that many Germans themselves perished while trying to fight and stall the rise of Nazism.
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The Importance of Victory Day, The Immortal Regiment, St. George Ribbon – AND GLOBALIST PLAN FIASCO!
THE IMPORTANCE OF RUSSIAN DEN’ POBEDY (VICTORY DAY)
This is an important analytics + intel + info post!
Included: THE SUMMARY OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST 4+ YEARS (2014-18), AND HOW THE WORLD HAS CHANGED SINCE! Read to the end!
I am inspired to write yet another Ask Lada, in response to the astute comment by Robert. See latest: EARTH SHIFT: Why Those Who Profit from the Old System Don’t Realize the Game’s Up?)
As Robert correctly pointed out, it’s time for the iconic Russian Ribbon of St. George (Rus: Georgievskaya Lentochka)! It really is the time to order it (see some links below) if you want to show solidarity with Russia and honor the Victory Day on May 9! But there is so much to the story, and so much can be learned by contemplating everything that is happening around the symbolism of this simple gold and black piece of fabric! Behind it is the story of our lives, and much more! Read on to learn the BIG scoop!
As I do every year, I’ll have a small event here on FT in honor of May 9, 2018.
Why do I do this? Very simple: I personally don’t need a reminder of the truth of the Russian/Soviet sacrifice to rid humanity of its biggest plague: fascism and Nazism. But it appears many people do. I am inviting you to join me for the May 9th events and honor those who died, those who sacrificed their families and their country to allow you to live freely today.
MY theme for this year is #IRemember
This year’s posts will focus around the positive: I’ll share some wonderful songs, the parade and a few more surprises. Today is the first of them!
If you want to see my big posts from previous years, explaining WWII history and truths that were previously falsified or silenced, go to CATEGORIES — WWII & Great Victory.
Among those posts you’ll also find videos of Victory Day Parade, the Immortal Regiment March and images of the St. George Ribbon. One example: #VictoryDay Parade on Red Square and Moscow V-Day Fireworks May 9, 2017.
BESSMERTNY POLK (THE IMMORTAL REGIMENT)
A new notable Victory Day (RUS: Den’ Pobedy) tradition, which emerged as the Russians’ awesome spontaneous response to the West’s Russophobic sanctions and Kiev Maidan is the Immortal Regiment March ( RUS: Bessmertny Polk). An what a brilliant response it was: peaceful and highly positive! I don’t think we as humans have fully appreciated yet the sheer importance and magnitude of this game changer!
The new Immortal Regiment tradition began in Siberia in 2014, as a grassroots response to Western sanctions and Russophobic Kiev Maidan. Once the initiative was announced, before anyone knew, millions joined in ALL cities and villages of Russia, and in many locations abroad. Putin personally walked with a photo of his ancestor in the Moscow march. The march keeps growing every year as more countries and groups around the world join in. People carry WWII photos of their ancestors, the iconic Victory Banners (RUS: ZNAMIA POBEDY), and of course, they wear the St. George Ribbons.
The Immortal Regiment Marches will again be taking place all over the world on or around May 9, 2018. If you live in Russia, most of the post-Soviet space, China, US, almost anywhere in Europe, Canada or Australia I’m sure you can find one to join near you – just check local bulletin boards or online resources. It should be a safe and fun event everywhere (let’s hope), except a few places. I don’t know what the situation may be in the following countries, which are rabidly Russophobic: Poland, Estonia and Latvia – Immortal Regiment may be banned there (check locally). Although, come think of it, such grassroots peaceful initiative could be hard to ban, considering the enormous number of people who care about it, and considering these ‘european’ countries still pretend to play the farce of democracy, and very badly too.
SIDE NOTE: HOT BALTIC/LATVIA INTEL!
I never got the chance to mention previously what’s happening in Latvia. The US and NATO are shipping more and more troops and hardware to all of the Baltics, notably, to Latvia. At the same time, Latvian Russophobic and pro-Nazi elements forced the new ‘education law’, according to which Russian language is being squeezed out Russian schools, mandating classes being taught in Latvian only, with just 3-4 hours a week allowed for Russian language! This basically amounts to forceful conversion of the Russian-speaking population in Latvia. To give you an idea, the Russian-speakers in Latvia constitute anywhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the population. My intel says that this new draconian law was closely coordinated with the Kiev junta; Poroshenko and ukro-nazis are directly behind it.
Latvia isn’t the only one succumbing more and more to darkness, as its economic situation worsens… The rest of the Baltics is going the same way. Moreover, as we speak, in Armenia we have a new Maidan, although in Armenia it’s hard to use anti-Russian slogans as the population is largely pro-Russian – so far… But those who organize these things are relentless, just look at Ukraine. This is a story worthy of a separate article – stay tuned for more soon.
UKRAINE, THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN EUROPE!
But it’s only in Ukraine where people directly risk their lives and freedom to participate in the Immortal Regiment March and wear the St. George Ribbon! Based on the new draconian law citizens are forbidden and can be arrested if they dare to wear St. George Ribbons. Moreover, everyone who comes out to participate in the march risks being attacked and injured, or even killed, by ukro-nazis – we had terrible examples of that in Nikolaev last year. Activists and march organizers in Kiev, Odessa, Kharkov, etc., were killed or driven out of the country in previous years.
There were bizarre incidents, caught on camera and shown on YT when ukro-nazis who took over the poor Odessa were stopping passing cars and beating up/humiliating people heading from Moldova to Russia via Odessa, only because they had St. George Ribbons on their cars – a very common symbol in Moldova, where they haven’t lost their minds as completely as in Ukraine. One of the disgusting incidents involved a group of crying Moldavian women who were threatened and made exit their car, then forced to publicly sing ukro-nazi anthem, take off the ribbon and apologize, while the huge, arms-bearing ukro-nazis laughed and humiliated them. All this was recorded and posted on YT by ukro-nazis themselves. The disgusting video of course was later taken down by YT, but only after over a million people saw it. Such videos from Ukraine appear regularly on YT. I try not to look at those – too filthy and disgusting.
And this is your new EURO-ASSOCIATED MEMBER and new best friend, dear Europeans! And dear Americans: this is where your tax dollars are hard at work – to allow this filthy ukro-nazi scum to proliferate, while humiliating women, injuring, killing and stealing from their compatriots, and while driving their disintegrating country into the stone age! What do you think is keeping the sinking ship of the Kiev junta still afloat? The secret infusions from the US, Canada and EU, of course. And this is all done for the sake of keeping a Russophobic thorn in Russia’s side.
So, keep working hard and diligently pay your taxes, so the Dark State/deep state/globalists could grow more regimes like this! Just look at the Maidan 2.0 developing in Armenia; just look at what’s happening in Latvia!
But if you disagree with how your tax dollars/euros/pounds are being spent, do something about it! Write to your representatives, vote the likes of McCain, May and Macron out of office, and vote in better people! Finally, support THIS BLOG, tell others, and share this post! And – wear (or post on your blog/site) the Ribbon of St. George!
Got to give it to Ukrainians! Despite all the threats and dangers, normal people still come out on May 9 by the thousands in Kiev, Odessa and elsewhere! The Kiev junta and its Western handlers tried very hard to squash any genetic memory on the territory of former Ukraine, but as we see, it didn’t work as intended. There is hope for Ukraine yet!
VICTORY DAY PLANS
The Victory Day theme begins today, with this post! I’ll have two or three more in the run-up to May 9, including the culmination on May 9!
On FT, under WWII & Great Victory. you can find my previous years’ posts, including the Immortal Regiment March in Moscow, which alone gathered nearly 1 million people. Previous years’ marches gathered as much as the enormous 14 million+ worldwide annually.
THE GLOBALIST PLAN FIASCO
The sudden appearance and unbelievable all-Russia and global grassroots response to Bessmertny Polk was a HUGE shock to all globalist and anti-Russian forces. Let me remind you that at the time (we are talking 2014) the collective West worked hard trying to oust Putin and execute regime change in Russia through isolation, sanctions and scaring the Russian people into submission. They tried to force a color revolution in Russia in response to a popular discontent they judged would take place if sanctions, Soros attack against the ruble and international isolation made the lives of ordinary Russians harder.
ALL OF THIS BACKFIRED VERY BADLY — as I predicted since the beginning of the whole saga in 2014! As a result Putin and Russia only got stronger, having engaged more actively worldwide, forging a much closer Russia-China alliance, unheard-of new Russia-Turkey-Iran alliance, building Nord Stream-2 and Turkish Stream, on the fly modifying the structure of Russian economy and substituting exports for domestic production, building up Crimea, and emerging victorious in Syria. Oh, yeah – and voting for Putin in unprecedented numbers!
And the cherry on cake: RUSSIA THE GREAT BALANCER FINALLY FULLY AWOKE TO HER TRUE GLOBAL ROLE!
As a result, just four years after what could on the surface seem as the US/EU globalism’s crucial victory in Ukraine against Russia, the opposite appears true. Today we live in a completely different world, but it is much further from the ultimate globalist dream, and much closer to the EARTH SHIFT and a more equitable distribution of global resources. It is a big fiasco for NWO, US/EU and various anti-Russian forces.
And it is a BIG VICTORY for all of us – those who saw what they were trying to do and who successfully prevented their worst dream scenario from materializing!
THE ST. GEORGE RIBBON – Lada’s inside intel! Just don’t tell anyone 😉
Obviously tell everyone – this is an awesome way to show you care! Feel the awesomeness you can be a part of by wearing this very simple gold and black striped ribbon:
1. Some around the world began considering the St. George Ribbon as a new anti-globalist and anti-fascist symbol.
2. If you agree with what the Russian Army is doing in Syria to prevent the spread of ISIS and terrorism and to stop the US/UK/French aggression, you can also wear the St. George Ribbon to demonstrate your support for the Russian Army!
3. On May 8-9 in Russia and many other countries (incl. US and EU) in some cities they give out St. George Ribbons for free on streets, and also before the march! This is Moscow:
4. ‘I found that Amazon Uk is selling order of St George ribbons if anybody wishes to join in Russia’s victory celebration in May. Best wishes, Robert‘
Amazon does sell them and it’s time to order if you want to get it on time! The links below are for Amazon US – you may want to do your own search in your country. These are just examples, NOT endorsements (I don’t know these sellers and don’t vouch for their quality). But I might buy something from one of them.
Found this economical 50-count (US)
I found this modest May 9 T-shirt with Georgievskaya Lentochka
This T-shirt is cute and comes in different colors
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#VictoryDay special 2. A huge crowd gathered to hear the Russian songs of victory and peace in the center of Berlin. This rare event happened on May 7, 2017. Performance by The Turetsky Choir and the Soprano of Turetsky. Many beautiful songs, including Katyusha and others. Awesome voices.
The 2017 event has recreated to a minute detail the legendary Red Army Choir Berlin performances of 1945, 1948 and 1960s. Notice people sitting on steps and on top of structures – just like in 1940s.
Legendary Red Army Choir performances in Berlin, 1945, 1948 and 1960s
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Lada Ray #VictoryDay 2017 special. 1943 US film with exceedingly rare for the West truthful and positive portrayal of Russia. This film is now posted on Lada Ray Channel.
This film was made in 1943 on direct orders of Roosevelt, who was trying to convince USA elites to enter WWII in Europe against Fascist Germany and its allies, in response to repeated pleas by Stalin during 1941-43 era, when the help of allies was truly needed. US finally entered WWII in 1944, after Red Army liberated all or most of its territory, when the next objective became taking over Berlin and squashing fascism in its bunker, and when it became clear that the USSR could win the war all by itself.
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