3-5 September 2020 Sevastopol and the Republic of Crimea hosted the 5th Session of the International Forum “Preserving the Memory of the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War” called “Protect the Truth about the Victory!"
Organizers of the Forum: the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, the Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio and the Association of Researchers Russian Society (ARRS-XXI).
The first working day was held in the historic Vorontsov Palace on the day of the end of World War II and the Day of solidarity in the fight against terrorism. Opening the forum, Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly Andrey Belyaninov announced a minute of silence in memory of the victims of war and terror.
The Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov supported the Forum.
The President of the Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio Valery Ruzin moderated the first session “Outcomes and Main Problems of Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Victory”. Well-known historians Gennady Bordyugov, Vladimir Nevezhin, Anatoly Lozhkin, Dmitry Lyukshin and Nina Osminina discussed new challenges in the history of the war and legal forms of protecting its results, problems of the attitude of the younger generation to the Victory and preserving the memory of it. The participants of the meeting were welcomed online by Dalbir Singh (India) - co-Chairman of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, Viktor Kusiani (Georgia) - Head of the International Euro-Asian Alliance, and Inna Li (China) - Professor at Beijing University of foreign languages.
The second session “Communicative and Commemorative Practices of the Jubilee Year” was opened by Irina Pavlova, artistic Director of Russian programs at the Moscow International Film Festival. Journalists, art historians, and political scientists Alan Kasaev, Svetlana Rubtsova, Pyotr Cheremushkin, Leonid Maksimenkov, Andrey Makarov, Olga Chagadaeva, and Vitaly Tretyakov have revealed current problems of the media space, the preservation of military monuments, archival and publishing policy, and Russian cinema.
The third and fourth sessions of the Forum focused on “New Facets of Understanding the Contribution of the peoples of the USSR to the common Victory”, as well as "”the Causes and Consequences of Attempts to revise the Results of the Second World War”. The President of ARRS-XXI Gennady Bordyugov moderated these meetings. Russian and foreign philosophers, historians, and TV journalists Maria Pavlova (Russia), Ravshan Nazarov (Uzbekistan), Nadine Shilman (Kazakhstan), Svetlana Limanova (Russia), Inna Li (China), Rene Toapanata (Ecuador), Olga Golechkova (Russia), and Lev Dzugaev (Russia) offered their vision of these problems.
And on a day, Forum participants visited Ternovka, Balaklava district at the invitation of ex-MP Valentina Bulgakova. They met with young people and present the outcomes of the Forum.
At the final session, the Forum's outcomes were summed up and its Program for 2021 was discussed. It will be posted on the websites of the Forum organizers after review and approval in the organizations of the initiators of the project.
International Public Forum “Preserving the Memory of the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War” draws attention to the issues of preserving historical memory of the peoples, supports the movement against the erosion of value and meaning aspects of history, falsification of the outcome of the Second world war. Each session is gaining more supporters in different countries.
Program of the 5th Session of the Forum (pdf)
About the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly
Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly is an international non - governmental organization that aims to form a public integration model for the sake of peace and harmony through the development of multilateral cooperation and public (people's) diplomacy. Currently, the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly unites representatives of more than 40 countries.
About the International Public Forum “Preserving the Memory of the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War”
The Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly and its partners in different countries hold sessions of the International Public Forum “Preserving the Memory of the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War”. The first session of the IPF held on May 15-16, 2019 in Sevastopol (Crimea) gathered 90 representatives of 7 countries: Kazakhstan, China, Latvia, Norway, Russia, USA, and France. The second PFI session was held on October 1, 2019 in Baku (Azerbaijan). It was attended by 77 people from 6 countries: Azerbaijan, India, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, and France. III session of the PFI was held on February 13-14, 2020 in Yalta (Crimea), 41 participants from 12 countries: Bulgaria, Great Britain, India, China, Canada, Poland, Russia, Serbia, USA, Turkey, France, Japan. IV PFI session took place on June 17, 2020. Due to the pandemic it was held online. 27 people from 15 countries, all former republics of the USSR: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. The international Public Forum “Preserving the Memory of the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War” is an important part of the International Megaproject of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly “VICTORIOUS TOGETHER - for Peace and Creation!”
International Megaproject “VICTORIOUS TOGETHER - for Peace and Creation”
The Megaproject of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly “VICTORIOUS TOGETHER - for Peace and Creation” is an international public forum for preserving the historical memory of the Second World War and the Great Patriotic war, the Sevastopol International Festival of Documentaries and TV Program “VICTORIOUS TOGETHER”, international commemorative events in the honour of significant events of the Second World War and the Great Patriotic war, and other events. Information and news about the Megaproject can be found in a special section.