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A British expert estimated Putin's article about the Second world war

The article of President of Russia Vladimir Putin about the Second world war will help to expand the historical debate and will encourage people to begin to discover the facts about the contribution of the USSR to the victory over Nazism, told RIA Novosti the honorary Secretary of the British society for the promotion in Russian and Soviet studies (SCRSS) and the Foundation of the "Soviet memorial" Ralph Gibson.

Putin wrote an article about the Second world war, which called on States to intensify the process of publication of its archives and the publication of previously unknown documents about the war and the prewar period. He noted that Russia is ready for broad cooperation and joint research projects with the participation of historians.

"A significant number of people in many countries do not even know which States were allies. This proves that the struggle for information and education of present and future generations is a vital task, including for our Foundation (the"Soviet memorial" - ed.). I hope the article is of President Putin will help to attract attention and expand historical debate, and will encourage more people to begin to discover the facts. If more people learn about the contribution of the Soviet Union in the Victory, it will be a very important step in the right direction," said Gibson, with the participation of which in London every year are organized the ceremony in memory of the victims of the Second world war Soviet soldiers.

According to him, in the days when marks the 79th anniversary of the invasion of Nazi Germany in the USSR, discussion of Putin's article is timely.

"For our Foundation, which is responsible for the support of the Soviet war memorial in London, it is essential to inform and give people an idea of the global conflict that resulted in the deaths of 27 million soldiers and civilians from all regions of the USSR", - said the honorary Secretary.

Gibson noted that the leaders of the allies - Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt realized the scale of the fighting between Germany and the Soviet Union, and recognized as "the absolutely Central role of the Soviet (red) army in the defeat of the fascist aggressor".

"However, 75 years later, after Victory in Europe, efforts continue to recognize the country that brought the greatest sacrifice for the defeat of fascism, were equally guilty for the outbreak of the conflict the aggressor - Nazi Germany. In my opinion, this is partly due to the intention to start the countdown to the chronology of the Second world war with the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in August 1939, instead of recognizing the fact that the actions - or inaction - of many countries during the period since the end of the First world war played a role in the formation of a collective failure to stop the Nazi threat and the beginning of another global conflict," said Gibson.

He acknowledged that the world may never know about whether there was any secret protocols of the negotiations of the European leaders with Hitler. According to the interlocutor of the Agency, the necessary transparency of all key archives in the period countries.

"In fact, Western European countries were ready to negotiate with Hitler. Included whether the negotiations or the agreement secret protocols - I don't know, and perhaps we will never have definitive answers. But I would like to say that the need for greater transparency of the archives of all key countries of the period. Because what happened then, continues to be used to influence the political climate today," said Gibson.

He stressed that it is impossible to rewrite history and forget that humanity is in a huge debt to those who fought against the fascist threat.

"We owe all who fought against a fascist threat to all humanity in order that such a conflict never happened again. Attempts to ignore or reduce the role of the USSR in the defeat of Nazi Germany must be faced. And the existence of a Soviet war memorial in London is a constant reminder of the vital role of the USSR in the joint with the allies Victory. It should never be forgotten," - said the Agency interlocutor.