Thus, the eleventh-graders of Russian schools will learn from September of this year that fascist radicals committed a large number of murders in Hungary in 1956, the victims of which were also ordinary Hungarian soldiers. “The uprising was crushed by the Soviet Union at the request of the then Hungarian government,” the textbook says.
The g7.hu server notes that with this assessment of the anti-communist revolution of 1956, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has completely returned to the Soviet interpretation. Similarly, he evaluates the events of 1968 in Czechoslovakia, where, according to the textbook, there was “civil disobedience” and Soviet tanks are presented here as the bearers of peace.
Falsification of history
Former Hungarian foreign ministers Geza Jesensky and Peter Balažs protested the above assessment of the Hungarian revolution in 1956. They called on Prime Minister Viktor Orban and President Katalin Novakova to speak out against such falsification of history.
The Czech Republic is also mentioned in the new history textbook. “In Prague, the monument to Marshal Konev, built by grateful Czechs after the war, was destroyed. It was Konev who gave the order not to bombard Prague with heavy artillery,” the authors of the textbook wrote, adding that in this way the Prague government expressed its gratitude.
In a textbook recently published in Russia, the authors completely rewrote sections from the 1970s to the present. At the same time, new chapters were added on the special military operation in Ukraine, under which Russia refers to the invasion of a neighboring country. The textbook praises this operation, saying that it united the Russian society, which is rightfully proud of its soldiers.