Andrey Repnevsky: Dervish symbolizes a union that can be re-ignited for the good on planet Earth

Andrey Repnevsky: Dervish symbolizes a union that can be re-ignited for the good on planet Earth
18.07.2016

In late August, Arkhangelsk is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the arrival in its port, on 31 August 1941, of the first allied convoy Dervish with military cargoes for the Soviet Army to fight the Nazi Germany. Professor at NArFU Department of General History Andrey Repnevsky is convinced that the cooperation maintained by the West and the USSR during World War II can be re-ignited.

During the years of WWII and the Great Patriotic War it became evident that the alliance between bitterly hostile nations was not only possible but necessary, says Andrey Repnevsky. What forced the USSR, US, Great Britain and other allies to form coalitions was the threat of ‘brown plaque’, i.e. Nazi Germany and its satellites. Dervish is what served as a precursor of an antifascist union later formed by the countries with different political regimes and ideologies. The leaders of those countries had put their controversies behind them in order to save mankind. I think it’s time we all turn to the past experience and join our efforts to fight global terrorism, a danger that may look even graver than fascism. There is one more thing that requires our joint efforts: the environmental safety of the planet. Unless we focus on it, the humanity may not have many years ahead of it. Dervish symbolizes a union that can be re-ignited for the good on planet Earth.

 

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