Video. Online seminar “80 Years since Nazi Germany Invaded the Soviet Union”


The online event took place on the eve of the day when 80 years ago Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

The special guests were WWII veterans of anti-Hitler coalition from Latvia, USA and Britain.
Participants of webinar analysed how to apply the lessons of history to contemporary politics.

Speakers from USA, Russia, Britain and the EU were given the floor to express their position on controversial issues of the EU-Russia relationship and, more widely, on East-West relations.

Panel I Memories of veterans of the anti-Hitler coalition

• Alexander Asopyan (Latvia), born 1930, pupil of the 110th Guards Rifle Division named after Suvorov

• Baden Hall (UK), born 1926, member of the Arctic Convoys, served on “Zodiac”, a Royal Navy destroyer

Panel II How to apply the lessons of history to contemporary politics

• Tatjana Ždanoka (Latvia), Member of the European Parliament, Vice-chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova PCC

• Vladimir Chizhov (Russia), Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

• Jack Matlock (USA), former US Ambassador in Moscow (1987-1991)

• Vyacheslav Nikonov (Russia), Member of the Russian State Duma, Chair of the Committee on Education and Science

• Miroslav Radačovský (Slovakia), Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Delegation to the EU-Russia PCC

• Andrey Klimov (Russia), Member of the Russian Federation Council, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chair of the Delegation to the Russia-EU PCC (tbc)

• Bill Bowring (UK), Professor of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London

• Oxana Gaman-Golutvina (Russia), Head of Comparative Politics Department, MGIMO-University, President of Russian Political Science Association