“The decision to erect a monument to the Soviet army in Zimbabwe is very logical, because Russia played a decisive role in the liberation of Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and many other countries. Therefore, one cannot speak of the liberation of Africa without mention Moscow’s role in this,” the official said. At the same time, he expressed the hope that the Zimbabwean president will receive an invitation from Russia to participate in the May 9 celebrations.
As Mangwana pointed out, local schoolchildren are taught that the liberation of the African continent was largely due to the Soviet Union, and that it was the USSR that won World War II.
“We do not pay much attention to the Second World War in history lessons, but we tell children in the course of European history that the USSR lost many people in this war, that it was the USSR that won a decisive victory, it liberated Europe and reached Berlin. But in colonial times, history was taught differently: they told us that Britain had won the war,” the official quoted the agency as saying.