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'Blank spots' of WW II shouldn't be used to distort history

world Updated: Apr 09, 2010 15:46 IST
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"Blank spots" in the history of the Second World War should not be used to create a distorted version of events "to suit somebody's immediate interests", a top Russian official said.

This idea was emphasised by head of the President's office, Sergei Naryshkin at the international conference 'Victory over fascism in 1945: its importance for peoples of Commonwealth of Independent States and the world'. Increasingly, "irrefutable facts on events are snatched from the general historical context, thereby, some people make false concussions and concoct fabrications," he said.

"Nobody argues: there are 'blank spots' (in history) of the war, but they should be studied rather than create a new distorted version of the war history to suit somebody's immediate interests," Naryshkin claimed.

He also underlined that the history is based on facts and does not know a subjunctive inclination.

Naryshkin lashed out at cases of denying Nazism as well as attempts "to pass into oblivion the memory of war victims".

The president's office head stressed that all peoples of the former Soviet Union made a common contribution to the Great Victory.

"The peoples of the Commonwealth, living at the time in one vast country, offered huge resistance to the aggressor, and their joint struggle for independence and freedom of the Homeland resulted in a great victory."

According to Naryshkin, "not settling historical accounts, but cooperation" permitted peoples to develop good-neighbourly relations.

"We are not afraid of direct and honest discussions, since our peoples (peoples of the former Soviet Union) are victors," he said, stressing that Russia values efforts of all those who "consistently defend historic truth".

He also noted that the set-up commission on countering falsification of history actively works and "attentively examines all incoming information".

According to Naryshkin, special attention is given to historical education,"The most valuable lessons of history should be learnt at families".