September 28, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture was hosted a seminar “Munich agreement and World War II”, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the day of signing the agreement. The event was organized by the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in association with the RCSC in Chennai.
The Seminar was participated by Mr. Oleg Avdeev, Consul General of the Russian Federation in South India, Mr. Gennadii Rogalev, Director of the RCSC, Ms. Natalia Kapitonova, Professor at Department of History and Politics of Europe and America MGIMO (University) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. R. Manivannan, Professor and Dean of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Madras, Dr. T.J. Sampatkumar, Head of the Department of Public Administration and Dean of Humanities, Madras Christian College and Dr. Anbu Arumugam, Assistant Professor of Presidency College, as well as students and teachers of historical and sociological faculties of universities in Chennai.
An exhibition of photos and archival documents “Sobibor” was presented for the participants of the seminar. It was dedicated to the history of the only successful escape of prisoners from the Nazi death camp. The organizer and the head of the escape was a Red Army Lieutenant, Alexander Pechersky.
The Opening speech was given by Mr. Gennadii Rogalev, Director of the RCSC.
Then, a video conference was organized with Professor Natalia Kapitonova, a leading expert in the field of foreign policy of Great Britain, Moscow State Institute of International Relations. She spoke about the peculiarities of the political situation in Europe on the threshold of the Second World War and inconsistency of the foreign policy of Prime Minister Chamberlain, which was recognized as a naive and unaware of dangerous political situation. She said that, he wanted to avoid the war, so without raising objection he compromised with Hitler and Mussolini.
In his speech, Mr.Oleg Avdeev, Consul General of the Russian Federation said that it was Munich conspiracy that paved the way to World War II, resulted in disagreements between possible allies against Nazism, having caused mutual distrust and suspicion between them. Actions by “Munich actors” prove that it is impossible to create an effective system of collective security without all European countries, including Russia. Without making certain conclusions from the past, we will only create new dividing lines on our continent.
The seminar continued with the presentations of Dr.R. Manivannan, Dr.T.J. Sampatkumar and Dr.Anbu Arumugam, who spoke about the causes and preconditions of the rise of Nazism in Europe and its consequences for all mankind.
The seminar was attended by over 120 students and teachers of leading universities in Chennai, such as Madras University, Anna University, Madras Christian College, Loyola College, Presidency College, Anna Adarsh College and others.