Russia’s Nashi youth movement, very active already against what they see as media overly critical of the Kremlin and Russia’s Soviet past, have held their own rally to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.
They collected history books they do not like to send to Mikhail Saakashvili and Viktor Yushchenko, among others, branded “lovers of falsification.”
“By doing this we can show them that we do not accept their version of history,” said one young man.
Nashi is also interviewing every WWII veteran it can find to establish an archive before the dwindling 130,000 survivors die out. Again, the object is to combat what Nashi calls “distortions of history…with firsthand accounts that can contradict them.” The crowd chanted “thank you” for the old soldiers.
Nashi’s suing of media it does not like and targeting of individuals it disagrees with has attracted criticism from international press freedom organisations.