RVIA has accused the British security services in historical speculation
Historical speculation, accusing the Soviet Union intends to launch a preventive war against Germany, was based on the provocation of the British secret service that operated through defector Viktor Suvorov (real name Vladimir Rezun), they are unfounded, as evidenced by the declassified documents from the archives of the defense Ministry, told RIA Novosti on Friday the head of the scientific Department of the Russian military historical society (rvio), Yury Nikiforov.
Earlier the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has published an article on the Second world war. In it he, in particular, emphasized that the documents proving that the Soviet Union intended to launch a preventive war against Germany, no.
"For many years, since 1985, in England, spread falsification, which is usually associated with the name of the defector Viktor Suvorov (real name Vladimir Rezun), who was born by the efforts of the British secret service that in 1941, Joseph Stalin wanted to start a war against Germany, and he had plans for the Sovietization of Europe. This theory has been debunked not only by Russian historians, but also historians all over the world. Documents from the archives of the Russian defense Ministry say the contrary, that the Red army was prepared solely for defense, for fear of a strong German army," - said Nikiforov.
The historian said that the documents from the archives of the defense Ministry show that in may 1941 was held fortification reconnaissance to create a line of fortifications in the area of Vyazma.
"The threat of Nazi invasion seemed so terrible, that beforehand it was assumed that the red army would have to retreat very far from the border. Stalin feared a collision with Germany and had previously taken steps which were to increase the resistance of the red army in case of war," - said the historian.
According to him, in spite of the obvious provocations of the British secret service during the perestroika period worked. "Now it's time to fully expose and to refute rezunist," - said the expert of RVIA.