On Monday, February 3, the exhibition “Yalta 1945. Truth about Victory. Lessons of history”, organized by the journal “Historian”, was opened at the State Duma.
The Chairman of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin
Vyacheslav Victorovich The Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the eighth convocation. Elected in single mandate constituency № 163 (Saratov constituency - Saratov Oblast) , the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Aleksandr Zhukov Zhukov
Alexander Dmitrievich , the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, the head of the United Russia faction Sergei Neverov Neverov
Sergey Ivanovich , the head of the LDPR faction Vladimir Zhirinovskii Zhirinovsky
Vladimir Volfovich , the Chairmen of the committees and members of all factions took part in its opening.
Opening the exhibition, Viacheslav Volodin noted the importance of preserving historical memory.
“Our President, Vladimir V. Putin, was absolutely right, when he emphasized that destruction of the past, lack of unity in the face of threats can lead to terrible consequences,” he stressed.
The Chairman of the State Duma recalled that the head of state also invited the leaders of the countries – the UN founding members to “meet again to preserve peace, to discuss and address security issues, which today are under threat precisely because many people have forgotten history.”
“The President is absolutely right and I think that everyone should support him, because there are so many challenges and problems that should be discussed at the round tables. Otherwise, we may face a greater tragedy than that when one state decided to rule the fate of all others. Recurrence is just unacceptable,” said Vicheslav Volodin.
“I want to tell those who represent the United States of America, Britain, when they so easily rewrite history, erase memory about Roosevelt, Churchill, and those who died in this bloody war, the citizens of their countries,” the Chairman of the State Duma emphasized, “however, these losses were not commensurate with the losses of the Soviet Union, every human life is precious. Therefore, if they want to honor the memory of those who gave their lives so they can live today and plan for their future, it would be right to treat history with care.”
Vladimir Rudakov, editor-in-chief of the ”Historian“ journal, provided parliamentarians with a lot of information about the exhibition. Viacheslav Volodin drew attention to a number of documents and quotes of politicians of that time, which can be seen at the exhibition.
”Today, there are a lot of problems because the US leadership has moved away from Roosevelt's legacy, from what previous leaders had done, and is trying to build a unipolar world,“ said the Chairman of the State Duma, drawing attention to Roosevelt's words that ”we shall have to take the responsibility for world collaboration, or have to bear the responsibility for another world conflict.“
He stressed that such policy of the current US leadership and a number of European politicians is a reason why ”we face conflicts, and there are more every day.“
The Chairman of the State Duma said: “If we speak about the countries of Europe, we sustained irrecoverable casualties while liberating Poland — 602 thousand people, Czechoslovakia — 144 thousand, Hungary — 140 thousand, Germany — 101 thousand people. What is the price for liberation of Poland! And what we hear today is, of course, offensive. ”
“Every tenth [Soviet] soldier died liberating Europe,” he emphasized, recalling that the total number of the deceased from the USSR in the Great Patriotic War amounted to almost 27 million people, and “the war had touched every family.”
Viacheslav Volodin also suggested translating the latest issue of “Historian” journal on the Yalta Conference into the languages of European states and send it to politicians.
“It would be right for those who, perhaps, have forgotten how to read or lost their conscience, to once again recall what happened in the world 75 years ago, when it was on the brink of a great tragedy, and without the Soviet Union, without the sacrifice of a huge number of our citizens, this victory would be impossible,” the Chairman of the State Duma said.
The framework of the future world
ceremony of the exhibition was attended by descendants of the participants of those
events — daughter of Marshal Ivan Konev, grandson of the diplomat Andrei
Gromyko and grandson of Vyacheslav Molotov, then head of the Soviet Foreign
Ministry, the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Science Viacheslav
Vyacheslav Alexeyevich .
”Yalta is still the pinnacle of cooperation between Russia and Western powers. Not only in the 20th century, not only during the war, but in the history in general,” said Viacheslav Nikonov and added: ‘We managed to create a framework for the world that has been existing since 1945 and prevented the possibility of major conflicts.’
Vladimir Zhirinovskii recalled: ”After the war, we provided great assistance to Eastern Europe — Poland, Czechoslovakia. Thousands of trucks, agricultural machinery, wheat, meat. We saved them from starvation, we fed them, and at this time, our citizens were starving, and they were not. I belong to the post-war generation that was born in hunger.”
”And they do not remember that today, that is no good!“ the parliamentarian said, stressing that this information should be delivered to people as actively as possible.
”That what was done 75 years ago was the formation of a multipolar world. This is the greatest achievement of the 20th and 21st centuries when the leaders of major powers reached agreements. It is necessary to tell and talk about this with the younger generation,“ stressed Sergei Neverov.
According to Dmitrii Novikov
Dmitry Georgievich , First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs (CPRF faction), the exhibition recalls that “the parliament is not only a place for discussions on very important and acute socio-economic issues, but it is also a place where constant, intense, systematic work should be carried out to protect our historical heritage. ” “Therefore, a completely shameless campaign has been launched in the Western states to rewrite the history of World War II,” he added.
“We are now
experiencing the moment when we must protect the historical truth. They say the past cannot protect itself. No, it can, if it is
studied and understood, if you carefully treat historical facts,” agreed Nikolay
Nikolay Ivanoviсh , Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Security and Corruption Control (the Just Russia faction).