Crimea returned to Russia after a referendum on the peninsula.
The Russian president published an article in The National Interest and Rossiyskaya Gazeta. He notes again and again, that contemporary Russia embraces its history as a whole, with its good and bad sides, while the Western archives remain secret and revisionism spreads.
Recurrent narrative about the Western countries trying to rewrite history to serve a political agenda, whereas Russia would favour historical truth without second thought. Archives of WWII are not secret in western countries. Historians can have access to them, and even general public. In France, for instance, since the opinion was published by RT France, all archives related to WWII are open without any pre-approval since the decree opening archives relating to the Second World War of 24.12.2015. Before archives were accessible with derogation since 1997, 1998 (national Archives) and 2002 (district Archives). A vast program of declassification of Secret Defence archives was initiated. In Russia president Putin announced on January 15th 2020 a vast program to make accessible documents of archives. Since May 2020, the first part of those archive are visible on the presidential library. However, in today Russia it can be dangerous to publicly share or like archive documents or historical facts. In 2018 the international human right association Agora published a report about people who were prosecuted. They included 100 cases of prosecutions and prohibitions under the pretext of protecting against falsification of history. Over the previous ten years, lawyers have recorded 17 criminal cases (16 defendants were found guilty), 18 administrative cases, 41 cases of the prohibition of books and online publications and their inclusion in the list of extremist materials, as well as examples of refusals to provide archival materials. In conclusion, it cannot be said that archives are open in Russia and closed in western countries and To know more about the untruths conveyed by the article published in the National Interest and Rossiyskaya Gazeta you can read 5 examples.