President Dmitry Medvedev recently announced the setting up of a commission to counter the falsification of history. He said this was becoming increasingly “severe, evil, and aggressive”.
“This is absolute poppycock,” says Robert Service, professor of Russian History at Oxford University. “History is all about argument. There is no absolute historical truth about anything big in history.”
Mr Service dismisses the Russian leader’s suggestion that his country is facing some kind of academic aggression. Instead, he sees a desire to dominate, worthy of the most repressive totalitarian regimes of fiction.
“President Medvedev, following in the path of his predecessor, wants to control history,” he says. “And he wants to control history as a means of controlling the present. This is the classic George Orwell scenario.”
via Eternal Remont