Russia panel to ‘protect history’

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the creation of a commission to act against what the Kremlin terms falsifications of Russian history.

The commission will attempt to defend the official version of Soviet history before, during and after World War II.

Correspondents say Russia is immensely proud of its role in defeating Nazi Germany, and is angered by attempts to re-evaluate the period.

The Kremlin is drawing up plans to make such moves a criminal offence.

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