On 9 May the Russians celebrated the 70th anniversary of their victory over Germany. Their leaders increasingly present it as a solo performance virtually unassisted by the Western Allies, indeed a gift that allowed the West to preserve its independence. This was very much the attitude during the Soviet era, and what now seems to have been a brief reversion to reality has long since ended. This year the ceremony was not attended by Western leaders; the only important foreign guest was Chinese President Xi Jinping. Presumably the Chinese intend to parallel the Russian rewrite of history with one of their own, in which they were the primary factor in Japan’s defeat.
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By Norman Friedman