In modern Russia it is practically impossible to find a person, who has worked with all the country’s leaders from Stalin to Yeltsin. Valentin Falin, Doctor of Historical Sciences, reputable foreign affairs specialist, ex-ambassador of the USSR in Germany, the former CPSU Central Committee Secretary, probably the “last of the Mohicans”. He prepared analytical reports for Stalin and Beria. He wrote foreign policy speeches for Khrushchev. Brezhnev, Gorbachev, Yeltsin relied on his advices. His fate was intervened by Andropov. He was accused of organizing a coup in Germany, the collapse of the USSR and was summoned to court in respect of the famous “CPSU affair”. Valentin Falin since 1950 had a responsible job in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, in the seventies served as the Soviet ambassador in Bonn, in the eighties — the political columnist of “Izvestia” newspaper and the head of the “News” Press Agency, from 1988 to 1991 — Head of the International department of the CPSU Central Committee and adviser to M.Gorbachev on general political issues. In the interview with Alexander Ageev and Alexander Isayev — fragments of the USSR backstage history through the point of view of its participant and witness.
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Historical experience does not tolerate self-will. Its mission is to strengthen the immune system of the human race. Being in demand, it is able to anticipate transformation of ailments into chronic illnesses. The Cold War is an evident example of this and a stern warning.
Stalin unlike Khrushchev considered dismemberment of Germany as failure of our policy, and in contrast to Beria he led the affairs not to neutralization of this country, but to its non-participation in any militarypolitical groupings.
Relationship of times is an objective category. Do we like it or not, we all come from the past, though often we are not on good terms with the experience, the son of difficult errors.