By Richard A. Widmann-
This week, Russian lawmakers passed a bill that would make Holocaust revisionism illegal. The bill introduces criminal charges for “denying facts” established by the Nuremberg tribunal regarding the crimes of the Axis powers, as well as “disseminating false information about Soviet actions” during the war. Punishment for such violations would range from a fine of 300,000 rubles ($9,230) and up to five years imprisonment.
While time is expected to reduce the emotions surrounding war, the Second World War is an exception. The myths of the past are being canonized not only into popular expression but into law itself. The Soviet Union’s atrocities during this period rarely fall under scrutiny.