June 24

June 24 – the day of the Victory Parade in Moscow – is closing in. The leaders of Serbia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and other countries have already confirmed their participation in the parade. The first to accept the invitation was the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Speaking to the reporters, Mr. Tokayev emphasized the key role played by the Soviet Union in winning a common victory, and to deny this would be contrary to history.

Together with other Soviet republics, Kazakhstan made its invaluable contribution to the common Victory. People of Kazakhstan were zealous fighters on battlefields, toiled in the rear, providing the fronts with food, military equipment, ammunition, uniforms. For the entire Soviet people, the war turned to be a crucible, from which they came out victorious.

These days, unfortunately, witness unsightly tendencies: some public figures are trying to design history anew, reconsider the results of the Second World War, by equalizing the Nazi regime and the Soviet system.

For example, for a number of years a notorious Kazakhstani political scientist Dosym Satpayev has been openly pushing forward the idea that the Great Patriotic War was not an international conflict of the Kazakh people, and the Moscow government forced Kazakhs to fight.

Some special attention deserves Satpayev’s project on “famine” in Kazakhstan in the 1920s. First came a documentary, and then the political theorist announced a book out of print that disclosed “real” history of Kazakhstan of this period, the publication in fact turning out to be a translation of an American researcher’s story, who “viewed this topic as objectively as possible”.

Where does such a solidarity between a political theorist and an American author come from? The answer drifts on the surface: with some hidden design Satpayev was on the Board of Trustees in the Soros Kazakhstan Foundation since 2005, he regularly traveled to the USA to attend various seminars and programs.

Thankfully, today Kazakhstan and Russia enjoy strong cultural, historical and economic ties, that show significant prospects for development. The fact lets us hope that we have enough wisdom not to reinterpret our common history to accommodate somebody else’s interests.

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