Vhat is this ‘Poland’ you be speakings of? Do you mean West Russia, comrade?
Russia, demonstrating how far away from their communist past they’ve come, has recently upheld their conviction of a blogger for using his free speech. The blogger, Vladimir Luzgin, was arrested for reposting some text stating that back in World War II the USSR invaded Poland alongside Nazi Germany.
The fact that this actually happened and is in no way debated amongst historians did not seem to bother the Russian Supreme Court.
The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group reports:
37-year-old Vladimir Luzgin was convicted in July this year by the Perm District Court and fined 200 thousand roubles. The charge was under Article 354.1 of Russia’s criminal code (‘rehabilitation of Nazism’) and concerned Luzgin’s repost of a text on his VKontakte social network page entitled ’15 facts about Bandera supporters, or what the Kremlin is silent about’.
It is probably no accident that the ‘offending text’ should be Ukrainian, and fairly nationalist, however it was specifically over the following paragraph in the repost that the criminal proceedings against Luzgin were initiated:
“The communists and Germany jointly invaded Poland, sparking off the Second World War. That is, communism and Nazism closely collaborated, yet for some reason they blame Bandera who was in a German concentration camp for declaring Ukrainian independence”.
Russia’s Supreme Court has now agreed that this paragraph constitutes “the public denial of the Nuremberg Trials and circulation of false information about the activities of the USSR during the years of the Second World War”.
Clearly talking about a well-known historical fact is the same thing as lying! Didn’t that blogger realize he lived in Russia? Facts about Russia are a lot like its government: When it does change, it’s rarely for the better.
Russia has recently been trying to rewrite their communist history. The “rehabilitation of Nazism” law has been in affect since 2014. It’s stated goal is to stop the glorification of Nazism or the distortion of history. However, it has been used to try and whitewash Soviet history. Putin’s government has done a lot to bury the dark side of the USSR under the rug.
Some other fun episodes of rewriting history involve Russia’s ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zayemsky claiming that the Russian invasion of Poland never happened, and that Poland was actually Hitler’s ally.
Then there is Russia’s ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreyev’s claims that the invasion was simply a defensive action, and not an “invasion.”
So the Soviet invasion of Poland simultaneously happened and did not happen. It’s Schrödinger’s Warfare!