MINSK, 15 June (BelTA) – The defense of the historical truth is a difficult, multifaceted and complex process, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko said at the plenary session of the international parliamentary conference “Historical Memory: The Great Victory Gained by Unity” in the Oval Hall, BelTA has learned.
“A consistent information warfare is being waged against us and unfortunately we took a predominantly defensive stance in this war. We did not expect the lies to be so cynical, the facts distorted, and death squads and traitors to be presented as national heroes. Of course, the older generation who knows about the war firsthand, from their parents, relatives, can easily see the difference between the lies and the truth. However, things are different with the youth. Young people are the main target of manipulations aimed at dividing people, instilling a national inferiority complex in order to control them in line with the principle of ‘divide and rule'.
In this hard-line confrontation, the efforts to defend the historical truth should be more resolute and assertive “becoming part of the counter-propaganda, the importance of which has recently been emphasized by the president of the Republic of Belarus,” the speaker added.
The international parliamentary conference opened on 14 June and will run for two days. The conference has brought together parliamentary delegations from the former republics of the USSR, representative of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, government bodies, scientific and expert communities. The goals of the conference are to unite the efforts of the international community to protect historical memory, exchange experience in the field of legislative regulation of issues regarding the prevention of the rehabilitation of Nazism, glorification of Nazi criminals and their accomplices, and to strengthen inter-parliamentary cooperation in the CIS to counteract the falsification of the historical truth and memory of the events of the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War.