RU
FR
DE
PL
ES
PT
ZH
AR
rss
facebook
twitter
youtube
: : Minister S.Lavrov : :
: : Editor's Column : :
: : Golden Collection : :
: : Experts : :
: : Social network : :
: : News MFA : :
: : All Tags : :
: : Archive material : :

Have you ever heard of tempered glass? When you break it, it crumbles into small chunks. Or imagine a ball lying in a pit: it looks as if perfectly fixed inside the pit but once you touch it slightly, it runs down- nobody can predict where exactly. There is also another example from if you please: the phenomenon of compression and rarefaction in the strength of materials. 

Even as we talk of the great triumph over Nazis in World War II, discuss the global impact of the Soviet people's victory, and say that it irreversibly transformed the world, we often fail to appreciate the extent of heroism of Soviet soldiers and the proportions of the changes it helped to bring about. Debates over World War II explainably focus on military aspects of the historical drama – the battles, the armed forces involved, and the commanders  - but it should not evade us that the war was driven by geopolitics which is expressed in profound categories of historical epochs, continental spaces, and world civilizations.

On the eve of the anniversary of the triumph over Nazis, we are reliving step by step the Soviet people's march to the great victory.  It took years of fighting – in deep defense and in fearless attacks -  to go all the way from the first battles at the border of the USSR to the glorious moments when Berlin was finally taken and the red flag was put atop the hills of Port Arthur.

Analysis of international political and military situation and the information shows that in the modern world, several developed countries (USA, UK, France, Germany, India and China) are actively increasing their efforts to achieve global dominance in the information field, which leads to strengthening the entire spectrum of strategic threats for security of Russian Federation.

"A TANK ROLLED DOWN our street. It stopped not far away... I saw three Germans climb out of the manhole; they were dressed all in black with skulls and cross-bones on their sleeves. Two of them began fixing the tank, while the third went into a nearby house. I followed him. As though he owned the place, the fascist went up to a cupboard, opened it, rummaged around, found some bread, sat down at the table, and began eating. A young boy of about four who lived in the house came up to him and said, "Can I have some bread too, mister?"

The German ignored him. So the little boy helped himself to a piece of bread from the table and stuck it in his mouth. The German saw this, grabbed a spanner and hit the boy on the head as hard as he could. The boy fell, his skull crushed, blood flowing darkly from it." This is related by 14-year-old Vitya Bessonov from the town of Klin.

The book "War Through the Eyes of Children: Eyewitness Accounts" put out by Veche Publishers is not fun reading. Incidentally, the book is not only about children, it is also children's reminiscences about other people who lived through the ordeal and humiliation of occupation with them - mothers tortured in front of their children, children mutilated in front of their mothers, interrogations, beatings, plundering, hundreds of people burned alive in sheds, violence, and cruelty. The book reduces to naught the attempts by some German authors to make a distinction between the Gestapo and the "honest soldiers of the Wehrmacht" who were only fulfilling their duty. All of them hung people, and tortured them, and robbed them, regardless of the type of troops.

Think of the irony of it. Osama bin Laden was finally tracked down not in the lawless wilds of Afghanistan but in the teeming Pakistani city of Abbottabad, which is hardly 50 kilometers away as the crow flies from the headquarters of the military establishment in Rawalpindi. Abbottabad has been traditionally from the British times a city with a high concentration of serving and retired military people.