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Russian leaders want to protect Russian history from negative portrayals

Russian leaders are concerned there have been growing initiatives to portray Russian history in an incorrect negative light. This has lead to a consideration among some Russian legislators of supporting a law which would protect Russian history from negative portrayals, reported USA Today on Feb. 16, 2014. Alexei Pushkov, who heads the State Duma Foreign Policy Committee, has said to Russian news media, "Our history and our point of view on historical events" is being deliberately distorted in Russia and abroad."

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (C) watch the at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
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Pushkov has taken the position that at a time when EU countries are passing laws protecting a certain point of view of history, perhaps it's time for Russia to think about legislation that will protect Russian history and Russia's point of view on historical events. Pushkov's statements are being seen as the latest in a series of patriotic rhetoric which has been coming from Russian leaders calling for more positive representation of Russia's history.

The Kremlin, under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin, has portrayed Russia as being under ideological attack, reports The Washington Post on Feb. 15, 2014. The Kremlin says the West has been trying to impose a different and alien value system on the Russian people. This has lead up to the suggestion by Pushkov that Russia pass a bill which criminalizes what he has characterized as misinterpretations of Russian history.

Russia does clearly deserve credit for helping to crush the Nazis in World War 11. Without the extreme sacrifices of the Russians in the war against the Nazis it is likely tens of millions of Russians, Europeans, Americans and others worldwide would have perished in Nazi concentration camps and the map of the world would not be what it is today.

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