The real reason the Kremlin will never completely disown the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

David Low named his political cartoon describing the German-Russian invasion of Poland that started the WW2 - "Rendezvous." The cartoon depicts a meeting by the two allied Nazi-Soviet dictators over the corpse of a Polish defender. Hitler says to Stalin while smiling, lifting his hat and bowing: "The Scum of the Earth, I believe?" and Stalin responds to him "The Bloody Assassin of the Workers, I presume?" while smiling, bowing and lifting his in kind. The secret agreement on the division of Poland that was part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was not yet known, but nonetheless, Low recognized what happened and drew it in this work. (Image: The Evening Standard (UK), September 20, 1939 issue)

David Low named his political cartoon describing the German-Russian invasion of Poland that started the WW2 - "Rendezvous." The cartoon depicts a meeting by the two allied Nazi-Soviet dictators over the corpse of a Polish defender. Hitler says to Stalin while smiling, lifting his hat and bowing: "The Scum of the Earth, I believe?" and Stalin responds to him "The Bloody Assassin of the Workers, I presume?" while smiling, bowing and lifting his in kind. The secret agreement on the division of Poland that was part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was not yet known, but nonetheless, Low recognized what happened and drew it in this work. (Image: The Evening Standard (UK), September 20, 1939 issue) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

For Moscow, the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols which divided Eastern Europe between Hitler and Stalin remains far more important than many believe because it was the first time a major power recognized that the USSR had “legitimate” interests beyond that country’s borders.

Thus, that accord between the two totalitarian powers represents for Moscow far more than just an assertion of its control over the Baltic countries, Moldova and the western portions of Ukraine and Belarus. It serves as a surety of what Moscow leaders think is their right to intervene and control other places as well.

German Foreign Minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop (left), Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, and his Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov (right) in the Kremlin signing the pact dividing Europe between Hitler's and Stalin's regimes on August 23, 1939.

German Foreign Minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop (left), Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, and his Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov (right) in the Kremlin signing the pact dividing Europe between Hitler’s and Stalin’s regimes on August 23, 1939.

That conclusion follows from a comment by former Soviet spymaster Pavel Sudoplatov in his 1994 book, Special Tasks, that has been picked out by a Moscow blogger now to explain the course of Russian history in the 20th century and by implication even in the 21st.

Citing Sudoplatov’s book, the Moscow blogger, with the screen name of VBA, writes the following:

“The Molotov-Ribbentrop accord was extremely highly valued by the Soviet leadership because this was the first treaty with the participation of the USSR where one of the leading world powers (Germany) officially recognized the Soviets having a right to its own interests beyond its own borders. Nothing similar had occurred in the entire history of the USSR.”

With the revival of Stalinism in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, such recognition is if anything even more important; and consequently, it is extremely unlikely that any Putin government will ever disavow the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact as Mikhail Gorbachev did in 1989 as much as that might help its image in the West.

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  • Ihor Dawydiak

    The former British Statesman and Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill once remarked that “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. In fact, the current Russian Federation in itself remains a contradiction in the same manner as its predecessor, the Soviet Union, as there was never any true “union” nor is there any “federation” in its current context. There was and remains only Russia where the Kremlin has always been the power broker. The same two faced approach by the Kremlin has also continued when dealing with the significance of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939. Putin could never “justify” his aggression against Russia’s neighbors by denouncing this Pact nor could he openly praise this treachery as it was a key component for the inauguration of World War Two and the subsequent mass devastation it caused in Belarus, Ukraine, the Western areas of the USSR and throughout the world. However, Pompous Putin and his pack of hyenas believe that they have a solution to these types of never ending issues. Take the parts you like for “heroic” purposes and blame someone else (other than Russia) for the abominations. This would not make any sense for anyone with an open mind but then again we must all take into account that Russian propaganda was never designed to make any sense for anyone with an inquisitive mind.

  • Mykola Banderachuk

    proved for the whole world to see that russia was the greatest nazi collaborator in history-they even put it in writing. NAZI COLLABORATORS!!!!

    • Mick Servian

      Isn’t it nice to hide your own proven nazi collaboration behind the pact.
      Turns out bandera and the poles were the good guys?

  • zorbatheturk

    Stomp Sovietism.