Anti-Katyń

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Anti-Katyń is a Soviet propaganda strategy, continued in Russia, intended to counterbalance the impact of the Katyn massacre. Nikita Petrov of the Memorial society succinctly characterized it as follows. Russians must perceive information about Katyn in a "correct" way: Of course Stalin was bad, but he was not an exception. He killed the Poles, but the Poles killed Russians as well. [1]

In November 1990, USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev ordered the collection of documents describing the fate of Soviet victims in Poland.[2] The death of Soviet P.O.W.s was used to accuse Poland. In the Polish documentary What Can Dead Prisoners Do Russian, British, and Polish historians are invited to talk about these accusations.[3][4]

Russian writer Vladislav Shved published in 2006 an article titled Anti-Katyn,[5] in which he claims that the Polish side and Russian "so-called 'democratic circles'"[6] overemphacise the Katyń issue to the detriment of Polish-Russian relations. He also calls for better analysis of the causes of the "якобы беспричинный" ("allegedly unjustified") shooting of the Polish prisoners. He further makes an attempt to lay a groundwork for the claim that the Katyń massacre was a punishment for the fate of the Red Army POW in Polish camps and complains that the Polish side refuses to admit the reciprocity.

Moscow historian Gennadi Matveyev cooperated with Polish historians when publishing documents regarding the fate of Soviet P.O.W.s in 2004. [7] but later rejected Polish results.

The subject was discussed during the 2011 Capitol Hill conference “Katyn: Unfinished Inquiry”. Dr. John Lenczowski, President of the Institute of World Politics, criticizing the anti-Katyn politics, noted that Soviet POWs were invaders and while suffering harsh treatment in the camps, they mostly died of communicable diseases, while the victims of Katyn were deliberately shot.[8]

In 2011 a documentary was planned in Russia about Soviet POW in Poland, which, in opinions of critics, was expected to be of anti-Katyn character.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "В России снимут анти-Катынь?". Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Катынское дело: на пути к правде / Яжборовская И. С.
    Российская академия наук опубликовала программу признания "Катыни" геноцидом
    The Miracle of the Vistula in the shadow of anti-Katyn Slawomir Błaut
    The Katyn Problem in Contemporary Russia
  3. ^ Hanna Kosinska Hartowicz and Robert J. Wierzbicki. "What Can Dead Prisoners Do". Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Film examines fate of prisoners after 1920 war". Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Anti-Katyn". Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Note: In Russian establishment and right circles the term "so-called democratic" is an insult against the democratic opposition
  7. ^ "Red Army prisoners of war in the Polish camps". Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Report from the Capitol Hill Conference "Katyn: Unfinished Inquiry"". librainstitute.org. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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