The Soviet Story

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The Soviet Story is a 2008 documentary film about Soviet communism and Soviet–German collaboration before 1941 written and directed by Edvīns Šnore and sponsored by the Union for Europe of the Nations group in the European Parliament.

The film features interviews with western and Russian historians such as Norman Davies and Boris Sokolov, the Russian writer Viktor Suvorov, the Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, members of the European Parliament and participants and survivors of the Soviet terror.

Using those interviews, together with historical footage and documents, the film argues that there were close philosophical, political and organisational connections between the Nazi and the Soviet systems. It highlights the Great Purge, the Great Famine, the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, the Katyn massacre, the Gestapo–NKVD collaboration, the Soviet mass deportations and the gulags’ medical experiments. The documentary goes on to argue that the successor states to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union differ in the sense that postwar Germany condemns the actions of Nazi Germany, but the opinion in contemporary Russia is summarised by this quote from Vladimir Putin:

“One needs to acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century”.

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