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These days we remember a very important and mournful date in the history of our country – the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. The treacherous attack of Nazi Germany on the USSR on June 22, 1941 opened a series of tragic events, years of great upheavals, hardships and irreparable losses for the entire Soviet people. A terrible and unprecedented in its cruelty and bloody war came to every home: it destroyed families, took millions of fathers and mothers, old people and children of our multinational Motherland. The USSR faced the hardest trials, which confirmed the inflexibility of will and the strength of the spirit of the Soviet people in the face of the deadly military threat and the man-hating ideology of Nazism.

The historical memory of the events of the middle of the last century did not dull and did not lose its relevance over the years. The memory of that war, which changed the course of world history, resonates in the hearts of all citizens of our country, compatriots and citizens of the former Soviet republics, whose ancestors selflessly fought for the freedom of their native country and the whole world.

I would also like to note the respectful attitude in Great Britain to our common historical memory. They do not forget about the fighting brotherhood of our peoples in the difficult war years, of which the Northern convoys are undoubtedly a striking example. The Second World War left a significant mark on the public consciousness of the British. It is clear that the key moment in the mass consciousness remained the initial period of the Second World War, when the country virtually single-handedly resisted Hitler’s aggression. Nevertheless, the key role of the Soviet Union in the victory over Nazi Germany and the liberation of Europe from Nazi oppression is not revised here.

There are 18 Soviet military graves on the territory of Great Britain. In January 2020, a solemn ceremony was held in Harrogate to remove land from the burial place of Soviet soldiers, organized as part of a project by the Russian Ministry of Defense to create the Main Temple of the Russian Armed Forces. The British War Graves Commission also supported this event. In the autumn of the same year, in Manchester, with the assistance of the city hall, a memorial was opened in memory of Soviet soldiers who gave their lives for the liberation of Europe during the Second World War, as well as residents of besieged Leningrad. A little later, with the assistance of the Perth and Kinros district administration, a stone with a commemorative plaque was erected in Errol in honor of the Soviet pilots who took part in the transfer of military transport aircraft “Albemarl” to Russia. In 2020 alone, the Embassy presented 650 sets of commemorative medals to Russian and British war veterans on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Work continues on awarding the veterans of the Northern Convoys with the Ushakov Medal. The memory of the heroes of the war is also supported by the efforts of our compatriots in Great Britain, who invariably take an active part in commemorative events and the improvement of memorials and burials.

Today Russia is increasingly faced with cynical attempts by some countries to revise the results of World War II, to belittle the scale of the feat of the Soviet people who saved the world from the “brown plague”. Such irresponsible actions for the sake of momentary political gain is a betrayal of the common historical memory, distorting the truth about the inhuman crimes of the Nazis and their accomplices, about the countless victims of the war and the Holocaust.

Our effective opposition to these wicked attempts to rewrite history will largely determine what the world will be like in the future. The basis for its further development can only be a solid foundation of the post-war world order, formulated in the UN Charter – a universal source of international law. Russia has consistently opposed attempts to break the established mechanisms for resolving contradictions by political and diplomatic means.

Our task, as the descendants of that great generation of victors, is to cherish the memory of an incredible feat for the sake of peace and prosperity of all mankind. Preserving this memory is a guarantee against such destructive conflicts in the future.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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