“Episode Shameful” Experts and historians say that these new developments, especially the publication of the so-called original Russian version of the non-aggression pact and its protocols, does not mean that Russia is changing course to interpret this dark moment in its past. “This is not part of an honest assessment of a shameful episode. On the contrary – it seems to me — is it a somewhat clumsy attempt to regain control of the narrative of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a story that has eluded the Kremlin in recent years,” said Roger Moorhouse, a British historian and author of The Devils` Alliance: Hitler`s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941. On the streets of Moscow, few Russians seem to be aware of the pact or, if they are, you didn`t think Stalin had done anything wrong by approving it. Alesksandr Gadin, a 60-year-old pensioner whose grandfather served in the Soviet NKV secret police, brushed off allegations that Stalin had committed a crime by supporting the pact. Gadin said the territory confiscated by the Soviet Union under the secret terms of the agreement — the three Baltic states, much of Poland, as well as parts of Finland and Romania — have long been part of Russia. “These Eastern European countries, they think we occupied them,” he said, referring to a part of the continent that belonged to the Russian Empire before being conquered by the Soviet Union. “But they were ours long before the war began.” German-Soviet non-aggression pact, same Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact, German-Soviet non-aggression treaty, Hitler-Stalin pact, Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (August 23, 1939), Non-aggression pact between Germany and the Soviet Union, concluded a few days before the start of World War II, which divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet influences. The elimination of Polish elites and intelligence was part of the eastern general plan. The Intelligence Action, a plan to eliminate Polish intelligence, the “ruling class” of Poland, took place shortly after the German invasion of Poland and lasted from the autumn of 1939 to the spring of 1940. As a result of the operation, some 60,000 Polish nobles, teachers, social workers, priests, judges and political activists were killed in ten regional actions.   It continued in May 1940, when Germany launched Operation AB In Operation Tannenberg, more than 16,000 intelligence members were murdered.  In any event, the two governments will resolve this issue with a friendly agreement.