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 Stalin and Joachim von Ribbentrop, Foreign Minister for Nazi Germany. Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H27337 / CC-BY-SAToday is the 74th anniversary of the beginning of Soviet invasion of Poland.

Short historical background:

On 23rd of August 1939 the Treaty of Non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was signed by Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov and his German counterpart Joachim von Ribbentrop. The pact contained a secret protocol dividing Central Europe, including Poland, Baltic States (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and Southeastern Europe into two spheres of influence, German and Soviet.

On 1st of September 1939 Germany invaded Poland.

On 16th of September cease fire followed the agreement between Soviet Union and Empire of Japan, allowing Soviet Union to concentrate on European war.

Joint German and Russian military parade in Brześć LitewskiOn 17th of September Soviet Army entered Polish territories, and on 22nd in Brześć Litewski a joint German and Russian military parade took place.
Soviet campaign was accompanied by terror, executing thousands of Polish prisoners of war, policemen and civilians, and torturing people in NKVD prisons.

The great friendship between Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany ended on 21st of June 1941 with Operation Barbarossa, a code name of German invasion of USSR.

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