Staunton, March 19 – Vladimir Putin has personally supported an appeal by a schoolchild in Russian-occupied Crimea to republish for all pupils in Russia copies of the May 10, 1945 edition of Pravda about the end of World War II in Europe and Stalin’s role in that victory (https://ria.ru/20200318/1568812033.html
“We cannot fail to write what we think,” the authors concluded. “It is perfectly clear that a decision of the CPSU Central Committee on this issue cannot be4 viewed as an ordinary decision taken in the course of work. In one way or another, it will have historical significance for the fates of our country. We hope that this will be considered.”
Brezhnev’s staff turned the matter over to KGB head Vladimir Semichastny, Zolotonosov says, and the chekist came back with what one would expect from that quarter. The letter had circulated widely in Moscow’s intellectual circles and even in the West, he said; and that was the reason it was written, to attract attention and harm the Soviet regime.