Russia vehemently protested when an explanatory text about Marshall Ivan Stepanovic Konev's role in history crushing the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising in Hungary and preparing the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia was attached to his monument last year.
The new museum, curated by the father-daughter duo of Julius Urbaitis and Agne Urbaityte, houses thousands of artifacts documenting the rise of the Soviet Union’s intelligence agency and secret police.
India had cordial relations with all countries and the Soviet leaders understood this. Asked about the Soviet reaction to India’s improvement of relations with China, Morarji Desai said talks in this regard will have to take place between India and China.
Morarji Desai said there was now a greater sense of equality among small nations and the search was on for a consensus. People were now demanding peace and disarmament and the major powers — the United States and the Soviet Union.
The narrative has taken on added importance ahead of a March presidential election which polls show incumbent Vladimir Putin, who uses his country's World War II victory when Stalin was in charge to bolster national pride, is on track to win.