Three State Duma deputies from the faction of the Communist Nikolai Kolomeitsev, Yuri sinelshchikov and Sergei Reshulsky suggested amendments to the law on veterans, which would have extended this status to participants in the invasion of Czechoslovakia to suppress the Prague spring.
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As stated in the explanatory note to the bill posted in the Duma, “in August 2016 will mark 48 years since the completion of large-scale strategic military operation “Danube” troops of member States of the Warsaw Treaty Organization, whose main task was the suppression of the coup in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, which was prepared by the Czechoslovak opposition, with the support of Western countries”.
According to the authors, then, in 1968, the troops of the United States, Britain, France, Belgium and Holland, at any moment were ready to move to Eastern Europe.
The authors argue that the Prague spring was used by “opposition forces”, requirements speculating about the “expansion” of democracy and discredit the country’s leadership. The Communists complain about “the weakening of censorship in the former Czechoslovakia and claim that the event was prepared with the participation of “former Nazis, SS members, representatives of the reactionary clergy”.
The Communist MPs consider that at the time of the suppression of the Prague spring (“operation Danube”) the Warsaw Pact countries (Soviet satellites) was faced with a choice: either allow the opposition to “push” the Czechoslovakia from the socialist path and to open a potential enemy the road to the East, jeopardize the outcome of the Second world war, or to protect the socialist system and to help the Czechoslovak economy, “rejecting all claims of the revisionist heirs of Hitler”.
The suppression of the Prague spring deputies believe purely positive historical act, as “the countries of Eastern Europe after 1990 as a result of increased influence of the European Union and the United States for their Pro-Western leadership, has lost its national sovereignty and sharply lowered its economic potential and standard of living of the population”.
Additional motivation is necessary to give the status of veterans participating in the operation “the Danube” the Communists believe that they had to engage in “hard frequent clashes with radical people.”
Recall that the invading forces were killed and 11 soldiers were wounded 87. By Czechoslovakia killed 108 and injured more than 500 people.
Just now in Russia lives about 20 thousand people who took part in the suppression of the Prague spring. Their support is proposed in 2017 to allocate 119 million rubles.Related posts: