Medvedev accuses U.S. of ‘war’ to rewrite history on defeating Nazis

Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council, alleged the U.S. is engaged in a deliberate campaign to distort facts and minimize the Soviet Union’s decisive role in conquering Nazi Germany during World War 2.

The war of words between Russia and the United States over history and memory has escalated, with a top Kremlin official levelling an explosive accusation at Washington.

Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council, alleged the U.S. is engaged in a deliberate campaign to distort facts and minimize the Soviet Union’s decisive role in conquering Nazi Germany during World War 2.

The harsh rhetoric took aim at recent comments by President Joe Biden claiming the American military defeated fascism and liberated Europe in the pivotal 20th-century conflict. For Moscow, any attempt to revise the narrative of the Soviet Union’s indispensable sacrifice and staggering loss of over 24 million military and civilian lives is unacceptable revisionism.

Medvedev insisted Russia has no right to betray its memory in the face of perceived American efforts to erase this memory and rewrite history. The scathing comments illuminate how grievances over conflicting historical accounts of World War 2 feed into escalating US-Russia tensions amid the Ukraine conflict.

Medvedev’s combative rhetoric suggests the Kremlin has little appetite for reconciliation, accusing Washington of waging “war” against Russia itself by challenging long-standing narratives glorifying the USSR’s identity as the force which defeated Nazism – a point of immense patriotic pride Moscow seems increasingly bent on defending.

As the Ukraine war exacerbates U.S.-Russian hostilities, the row over World War 2 memory politics underscores how disputes over historical events can enflame geopolitical animosities in the present day.

With both sides doubling down, Medvedev’s fiery salvo signals an unwillingness to cede ground over a seismic event deeply embedded in the Russian national psyche.