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“The Soviet Story” is a story of an Allied power, which helped ...
“The Soviet Story” is a story of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale.
Assisted by the West, this power triumphed on May 9th, 1945.
Its crimes were made taboo, and the complete story of Europe’s most murderous regime has never been told. Until now…

The Soviet Story is a 2008 documentary film about Soviet Communism and Soviet-German collaboration before 1941 written and directed by Edvīns Šnore and sponsored by the UEN Group in the European Parliament.

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The film tells the story of the Soviet regime.

- The Great Famine in Ukraine (1932/33)
- The Katyn massacre (1940)
- The SS-KGB partnership [in the late 1930s the KGB was called NKVD, more info>]
- Soviet mass deportations
- Medical experiments in the GULAG.

These are just a few of the subjects covered in the film.

“The Soviet Story” also discusses the impact of the Soviet legacy on modern day Europe.

Listen to experts and European MPs discussing the implications of a selective attitude towards mass murder; and meet a woman describing the burial of her new born son in a GULAG concentration camp.

The Soviet Story is a story of pain, injustice and “realpolitik”.


Title: “The Soviet Story”
Type: Documentary film
Genre: History, politics
Director: Edvins Snore
Language: English
Length: 85 min.
Date of production: 2008

”The Soviet Story” was filmed over 2 years in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, France, UK and Belgium. Material for the documentary was collected by the author, Edvins Snore, for more than 10 years.

As a result, ”The Soviet Story” presents a truly unique insight into recent Soviet history, told by people, once Soviet citizens, who have first hand knowledge of it.

Unique video footage

Rare footage shot in 1990, the last year of the USSR, shows an abandoned Soviet death-camp in Magadan, Siberia, where the KGB had carried out medical experiments on prisoners.

The film also presents never before broadcasted Nazi footage showing Soviets helping Hitler launch WW2 and providing aid for the Nazi Blitzkrieg.
Exclusive images

”The Soviet Story” features a number of photographs taken by Heinrich Hoffmann, Hitler’s personal photographer. These pictures have never before been shown to the public.

The film also presents several shocking Nazi documents found by the film’s author in the Political Archive of the German Foreign Ministry (2007).


The film crew interviewed more than 20 experts - leading Western and Russian historians, members of the European Parliament, a Soviet Secret agent, a Soviet military intelligence colonel, Soviet dissidents, GULAG inmates, as well as victims of the Famine-Genocide, deportations and of other Soviet crimes.

• Norman Davies
historian, professor, Cambridge University:
”People were being shot day and night throughout the biggest country in the world. Stalin even got to the point of killing people by random, by quotas.”

• Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet president:
“Stalin was awash in blood! I saw the death sentences, which he signed in packages!”

• Emma Korpa
GULAG survivor:
“Children were not considered inmates, so they were buried in a civilian graveyard.”

• Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis
Member of the European Parliament:
“Europe continues to ignore Soviet crimes, mass murders, while millions of the victims are neglected.”

• Volodimir Sergiychuk
professor, University of Kyiv:
“This is a sacred place for me. Because it is the resting place of the Famine victims, including my grandmother…”

• Vladimir Karpov
former Soviet Colonel [of Military intelligence - GRU]:
”Khrushchev was allowed to kill 7 or 8 thousand „enemies”. He asked: “Please increase my quota to 17 000!”

• Françoise Thom
professor of Modern History, Sorbonne
”Stalin authorized children to be shot from the age of twelve!”

• Natalia Lebedeva
historian, Institute of General History, RAS, Moscow:
” If a regime is criminal, then it acts criminally in all areas, including foreign affairs.”

• Boris Sokolov
professor, Moscow State Social University:
”Nobody wants to admit that one’s ancestors were simple criminals.”

• Viktor Suvorov
former Soviet Secret Agent:
“A delegation of German Gestapo and SS came to the Soviet Union to learn how to build concentration camps.”

• George Watson
literary historian, Cambridge University:
“Marx and Engels called Basks, Bretons, and Serbs - „racial trash”, Voelkerabfall.”

• Nicolas Werth
historian, co-author of “The Black book of Communism”:
“Yes, people were killed by bullet in the head. We know that usually they were killed by bunches of between one hundred and several hundreds every night.”

• Vladimir Bukovsky
former Soviet dissident:
”Stalin exiled about a dozen of nations completely. Part and parcel. Chechens, Ingush, Kalmiks, Karachaevs, Crimean Tatars. A dozen of nations completely wiped out!”

• Pierre Rigoulot
historian, Institut d’histoire Sociale, Paris:
”French Communist party say today that they were resistant well before June 1941, when Soviet Union was attacked. In fact, they were in fight with marshal Peten’s government more than the German.”

• Inese Vaidere
Member of the European Parliament:
”The Soviet Union transferred a lot of ethnic Russians into the occupied Baltic countries. It was a clear violation of Geneva Convention.”

• Sergey Sluch
historian, Institute of Slavic Studies, RAS, Moscow:
”According to all norms of international law, the decision of the Soviet Government to invade Poland [in 1939] was a clear act of aggression.”

• Ari Vatanen
Member of the European Parliament:
”My father lost four of his brothers in that war. Four! That was the price we paid that we did not have a democratic society next to us.”

• Alexander Guryanov
“Memorial” society, Moscow:
”In the 1930s the technology of murder and executions was introduced. Every administrative region had a designated area where corpses were to be buried.”

• Wojciech Roszkowski
Member of the European Parliament:
”Russian identity has been shaped up by the sense of being part of a big empire.”

• Michael Gahler
Member of the European Parliament:
”There is a equal right for all the victims to see those who committed crimes to see them tried and sentenced.”

• Rita Papina
survivor of Soviet terror:
”It is hard to speak about it. It is as if a scar was torn and is bleeding again.”

• André Brie
Member of the European Parliament :
”Russia as a successor of the Soviet Union is obliged to carry out a real investigation of the crimes and the character of their system.”

• Christopher Beazley
historian, Member of the European Parliament:
”The agreement, which Stalin made with the West affected the whole of Europe for the next 50 years.”

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“The Soviet Story” also discusses the impact of the Soviet legacy on modern day Europe.

Listen to experts and European MPs discussing the implications of a selective attitude towards mass murder; and meet a woman describing the burial of her new born son in a GULAG concentration camp.

The Soviet Story is a story of pain, injustice and “realpolitik”.

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 the victims of Soviet terror.

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 film has attracted praise and criticism from academic historians[citation needed] and political commentators.

The Economist review of The Soviet Story praises the film by saying

"Soviet Story" is the most powerful antidote yet to the sanitisation of the past.

The film is gripping, audacious and uncompromising. [...] The main aim of the film is to show the close connections—philosophical, political and organisational—between the Nazi and Soviet systems.

It concludes its review by calling the documentary "a sharply provocative work".

The New York Times in its review of the documentary stated

The film is not dispassionate scholarship; Mr. Snore, who is Latvian, and his backers (including some members of the European Parliament) obviously have an agenda, though to the casual American viewer it may not be clear what it is.

Various Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who were interviewed for the film, have expressed views in favour of it.

According to the Latvian MEPs Inese Vaidere and Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis writing in Parliament Magazine:

The Soviet Story makes a significant contribution to the establishment of a common understanding of history and brings us closer to the truth about the tragic events of the 20th century.

A common understanding of history among the member states is crucial for the future of the whole EU.

Both Vaidere and Kristovskis represent the UEN group which actively supported the production of the film.

After watching the film, Finnish MEP Ari Vatanen gave the following comment:

It is a powerful message. Thank you for telling the truth. It will awaken people. ... We cannot build a humanity if we close our eyes to this kind of massacres. Our possibility is to serve justice to those people.

British MEP Christopher Beazley commented:

This film is very important. It's a very powerful representation of what took place in Poland, in Latvia and the other Central European countries.

Vytautas Landsbergis, MEP and the former Head of the Lithuanian Seimas (Parliament), assessed The Soviet Story as

a world class film, which should be shown to the world

Likewise, Latvia's Minister of Justice, Gaidis Bērziņš (For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK), has said that, because of its important historical message, he would encourage the Ministry of Education to have the film shown in all schools in Latvia.

MEP from Latvia Tatjana Ždanoka, who opposed Latvia's independence from the Soviet Union and ran as a candidate of the largest Russian political bloc in Latvia, regards the film as a "propagandistic odd job, which is given out to be "a new word in history".

She also thought that "the second part of the film is pure political PR": while the first part of the film pictures the point of view of some historians, contemporary politicians criticize modern Russia in the end of the film. Ždanoka also noted that "a lot of attention was devoted to the partnership of the German and Russian military. This is followed by a jump forward in time to the 1940s, with a mass-meeting of Vlasovites is shown against a background of swastika".

Nazi SS and Soviet officers salute each other, 1940. (screenshot from the film)

The film prompted negative reactions from Russian organizations, press, and politicians. According to the "European Voice" newspaper, Russians are infuriated by the film which reveals the extent of Nazi and Soviet collaboration

On May 17, 2008 the Russian pro-governmental youth organization Young Russia (Russian: Россия Молодая) organized the protest "Let's not allow the rewriting of history!" (Russian: "Не дадим переписать историю!") in front of the Embassy of Latvia in Moscow. An effigy representing Edvīns Šnore was burnt during the protest.

Latvian political scientist and cultural commentator Ivars Ījabs offers a mixed review of The Soviet Story. On one hand, it is a well-made and "effective piece of cinematic propaganda in the good sense of this word", whose message is clearly presented to the audience. On the other hand, Ījabs does not agree with a number of historical interpretations in the film, asserting that it contains errors. For example, Ījabs states that, "In late 1930s Hitler did not yet plan a systematic genocide against the Jews", as it is suggested in the film; "Everybody knows that this decision was made in 1942 at the Wannsee Conference in Berlin." Furthermore, Ījabs comments on the notion in the film voiced by the British literary historian, liberal and fromer political activist George Watson that Friedrich Engels is "the ancestor of the modern political genocide".[16] Ījabs says: "To present Karl Marx as the "progenitor of modern genocide is simply to lie". Ījabs admits, however, the use of the term Völkerabfälle in Marx's newspaper to describe several small European ethnic groups. Although sometimes translated as "racial trash", other translations include "residual nations" or "refuse of nations", that is, those left behind (discarded) by the dominant civilizations. Watson views have been also criticized by reviewer Robert Grant as ideologically biased and for citing evidence that "seems dubious", arguing that "what Marx and Engels are calling for is [...] at the very least a kind of cultural genocide; but it is not obvious, at least from Watson's citations, that actual mass killing, rather than (to use their phraseology) mere 'absorption' or 'assimilation', is in question."

In Finland the film was shown in events organized by the irredentist group ProKarelia.

A criminal complaint by Johan Bäckman, member of the Finnish Anti-Fascist Committee against ProKarelia has led to a criminal investigation on suspicion of showing violent scenes to minors, incitement to ethnic or racial hatred and propaganda of violence.

The Finnish Film inspector authority, however, did not find the film's content offensive and authorized its showing in Finland. Johan Bäckman also protested against the screening of The Soviet Story on the Estonian National TV. He asked the Estonian police to start a criminal investiagion. The Police, however, turned down Bäckman's request and refused to initiate a criminal investigation "due to the lack of crime".

A number of critics condemned the film even before its premiere. Boris Tsilevich, a Latvian member of parliament representing Harmony Centre, stated that it was a "typical propaganda" and its release was timed to coincide with the 2009 Latvian elections for the European Parliament.

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