The Soviet Story is a 2008 documentary reminding us of the crimes of communist Russia, a regime that saw Nazi Germany as fellow socialist revolutionaries, and that indeed dwarfed them in industrialized killing and cruelty.

This is an important documentary in an age where children are taught from a young age to view WW II as a pure dichotomy of Good Allies vs Evil Axis.

The film features interviews with western and Russian historians such as Norman Davies and Boris Sokolov, Russian writer Viktor Suvorov, Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, members of the European Parliament and the participants, as well as survivors of Soviet terror.

Using these interviews together with historical footage and documents the film argues that there were close philosophical, political and organizational connections between the Nazi and Soviet systems before and during the early stages of World War II. It highlights the Great Purge as well as the Great Famine, Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, Katyn massacre, Gestapo-NKVD collaboration, Soviet mass deportations and medical experiments in the GULAG. The documentary goes on to argue that the successor states to Nazi Germany and the USSR differ in the sense that postwar Germany condemns the actions of Nazi Germany while the opinion in contemporary Russia is summarized by the quote of Vladimir Putin: “One needs to acknowledge, that the collapse of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century”.

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