According to the article, the excavations at the site by the Russian Military-Historical Society, excavations Karelian activists opposed, have determined that the dead there were Red Army soldiers shot by the Finns and shown that “’the evidence’” offered by Memorial and Vasilyev “about bloody Stalin and mass shooting by the NKVD” is disproved.
The Society’s findings and its criticism of Memorial were presented on Friday at a press conference to the Rossiya news agency. “This led Russian liberals and their Western protectors to extremities” because their version of events has now been thoroughly discredited by serious research.
The Putin regime, which is a major backer of the Military-Historical Society, will only be too pleased if it can simultaneously shift the blame away from Stalin onto Hitler and condemn liberal activists for supposedly overstating Stalin’s contribution to Soviet deaths and understanding Hitler’s.
Both were mass murderers, but from Moscow’s point of view, it matters profoundly who gets blamed for more of the deaths. If the authorities can also suggest that Russian liberals are hiding Hitler’s crimes as part of their effort to black the reputation of Stalin, that will be yet another plus from the Kremlin’s perspective.