Members of historical military clubs wearing Soviet army and Nazi German uniform participate in the World War II battle reconstruction during a military show near Novgorod, Russia.
Dmitri Lovetsky / AP
Russia is set to launch a viral video
campaign in a bid to memorialize the sacrifices of Soviet soldiers in
World War Two.
Meeting with Russian President Vladimir
Putin on Thursday, politicians pledged to use the “truth as their
weapon” to discredit Western governments who wished to wage a
“full-scale information war” on Russia's past.
Putin said that Moscow would “preserve
and protect historical fact,” but stressed that the truth should
“bring people together,” the
Lenta news outlet reported.
"Our position is that history, no
matter how difficult and contradictory it may be, should not divide
people. It should warn us against past mistakes and strengthen
relations,” Putin said.
The president also backed a viral video
campaign to bring the story of the Soviet victory to young
people, warning that other nations were already attempting to
turn the past into a “political or ideological weapon.”
Margarita Simonyan, head of
Kremlin-backed media outlet Russia Today, pointed to her channel's
Twitter-based 1917 Live project as a potential inspiration for the
She said the project had succeeded in
reaching people who would usually dismiss RT as biased or
unreliable. "People who usually hate us, spit, call us
Kremlin propaganda - [they] signed up," Simonyan said.
An example tweet from RT's 1917 Live project.
Established in 2000, the Russian
Victory Committee brings together ministers, civil society leaders
and religious figures once a year to discuss preserving the memory of
World War II.
This year's conference focused on
"educating young people" on Russia's heritage.