The radio station Ekho Moskvy has a very interesting piece on historical falsification (and I was led to track it down by a reference in Johnson’s Russia List # 94, 20 May 2009). Unsurprisingly, Russian ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovskii is all in favor of the Commission, though he fears that it might be infiltrated by falsifiers themselves. Given the list of Commission members, this danger is roughly akin to the promulgation of socialism by the Republican National Committee.
Even Roy Medvedev, well-known historian and most notably the author of the anti-Stalinist Let History Judge, has weighed in favor of President Dmitrii Medvedev (no relation)’s Commission. The JRL version, though not the one I found on Ekho Moskvy’s website, quotes Medvedev as saying “there are official histories in all countries. There is the official history of France, the UK, the USA.” Very interesting. I’d appreciate his pointing me to the official history of the USA.
Medvedev is also quoted as claiming “that information wars were still typical of the historical science. (The results of) studies are often published to the detriment of the interests of particular states.” Once again, I ask for specifics. What particular historical claims and works have been published with the goal of harming a specific government?
What’s troubling is that Eduard Limonov, author and neo-fascist / neo-Bolshevik, is the only one quoted as pointing out that an anti-falsification committee will end up endorsing history amenable to the current party of power. Two cheers for the wingnut.