Sergey Naryshkin opened an international conference commemorating the 70th anniversary of Yalta-1945

25 February 2015

The International Conference “The 70th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference of Heads of the State of Anti-Hitler Coalition” was opened in Moscow on February 25. Prominent scientists from over 20 states of Europe, Asia and Northern America gathered at the forum.


When opening a plenary session, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin underlined the importance of going back once again to the topic of Yalta under conditions of challenges facing now a global community. The speaker told about his participation in one of the recent fora on a similar topic. Sergey Naryshkin quoted a Spanish historian, who had acknowledged that “with NATO’s expansions to the east, the war has come back to Europe”.


He particularly noted in his speech participation of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund in planning and managing the today’s forum. The Fund’s initiative was also recognized by Anatoly Torkunov, Rector of MGIMO, who was one of the co-organizers of the conference.


The participants of the forum were greeted by Permanent Secretary of the French Academy Helene Carrere d’Encausse. She called short historical memory an important pressing problem. The Yalta Conference changed the world to a bigger extent than, let us say, Vienna or Paris Conference. However, a simplified and distorted idea exists in today’s Europe: three people had divided the planet by remaking a political map. Similar symbols and stereotypes seriously affect historical memory, acknowledged Mrs. Carrere d’Encausse.


According to Leonid Drachevsky, Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund, scientists and history researchers, on the contrary, possess long historical memory. Their scientific work helps to demonstrate to the generations of today that remarkable calibre, that power of people, who were holding negotiations in February of 1945. Those were people who looked behind the horizon and placed world’s fate on top of the agenda under all the existing challenges.


And this is a strong argument in a dispute with those trying to rewrite the history. A strict scientific approach is gaining importance here as well as careful attitude to an object of research.


Head of the Federal Archival Agency Andrey Artizov spoke about attempts to review the story of the World War II and about the campaign diminishing the role of the Red Army in liberation of Europe from Nazism. He told about activities of the agency he is heading in developing knowledge about that time. Numerous archival records will be available to public in the nearest future. After all, communication of scientists with original historical sources is irreplaceable, believes Andrey Artizov.


The participants of the conference listened to a number of reports during the plenary session. The scientists talked about the lessons of Yalta-1945 and their application nowadays, analyzed the role of the established system in post-war international relations, shared results of studies about planning of the conference and the course of discussions in the Livadia Palace.


Employees of Gosfilmofond prepared unique archival film footage shot 70 years ago.