The And The Soviet Regime

2108 WordsNov 22, 20169 Pages
Thirdly, Kuznetsov attacks the Soviet regime through its ability to present themselves as victims of Nazism during the war. This is done firstly through the destruction of the Kreschchatik and subsequent refusal of Soviet wrongdoing and secondly through the omission of Soviet liability. The Kreshchatik was the main street of Kiev that housed shops, offices, and apartments. Following the German invasion, near the end of September the Kreshchatik was set ablaze ultimately destroying large sections of it. This act was carried out by Bolsheviks who wanted to deliberately provoke Nazi barbarism against Kiev citizen. The Soviets were successful, as Timothy Snyder argues the immediate after effects of the burning of Kreschchatik stimulated the Nazis to change their policy from relaxed occupiers to violent tyrants. The bombing directly led to Germans ordering all Kiev Jews to report to a specific location in Kiev where they were later led to Babi Yar to be shot. Kuznetsov condemns the attack because firstly, this is a calculated attack against the civilians of Kiev, demonstrating the barbaric tendencies the Soviets descended to. Secondly, Kuznetsov points out the fallacy in the remembrance of the burning down of Kreshchatik. As described, it was the Soviets who committed the acts but the Soviet state following the war presented the acts as German doing. Due to this, the Soviet state has distorted history to make Ukraine look as if it suffered under the sole hands of Nazis and
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