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The Soviet Army was driven from Afghanistan 30 years ago. Putin’s Russia is repackaging it as a patriotic victory

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Washington Post, 14 February 2019

Amie Ferris-Rotman reports that while the Kremlin under Gorbachov in 1989 “called the Afghan war #a political mistake’ [and] Russian lawmakers, urged by President Vladimir Putin, are now trying to make a 180. On Friday, the date the last Red Army force withdrew from Afghanistan 30 years ago, the Russian parliament plans to pass a resolution declaring the war was justified. Putin then is expected to lead a lavish commemoration ceremony at the Kremlin. (…)

It is part of Moscow’s wider attempt to mold a historical narrative that fits the current ideology under Putin, whose leadership has projected the image of a strong Russia with an unblemished past.”