The Red Army suffered more casualties in World War Two than the USA, UK, Commonwealth, France and all the other Western allies put together. More than 80 percent of the Germans killed in World War Two died fighting the Red Army.
If you remember the opening scenes in the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” reflect that the Normandy landings probably would have failed if the bulk of the German army had not been tied down on the Eastern front. Then reflect that (although this is not certain) the Red Army might well have made it to Berlin even if the Normandy landings had failed.
I am not an admirer of President Putin’s authoritarian government. Bad things happen to his political opponents although, it must be admitted, that is also true of opponents of the U.S.-backed regime in Ukraine.
But boycotting the celebration of the 70th anniversary of V-E Day is more than just a personal rebuke to Putin. It is in a different category from a boycott of Olympic games or some other contemporary event. It is not just an insult to the valor and sacrifice of the Russian people.
Human beings resent insults to their honor more than they resent material injuries. I fear Russians will remember this insult for years to come.
The West Snubs Russia Over V-E Day by Ray McGovern for Consortium News.
 I am aware that the Red Army included millions of troops who were not ethnic Russians. Then again, there are millions of citizens of the Russian Federation who are not ethnic Russians.