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Defying history, Moscow moves to defend Soviet war in Afghanistan

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Washington Post, 4 December 2018

The op-ed says:

Last month, Russian lawmakers took another big step in the same direction by approving a draft resolution that seeks to justify the Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989. The formal vote on the measure — proposed jointly by lawmakers from the [pro-Putin party] United Russia and Communist parties — will be held before the 30th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops on Feb. 15. Hailing the decision, Communist lawmaker Nikolai Kharitonov called it a victory for “historical truth.” (…)

The draft resolution holds (…) that Soviet military action in Afghanistan was conducted “in full accordance with the norms of international law.”