Article in Swedish (from the Finnish National broadcaster's site): http://svenska.yle.fi/artikel/2014/11/28/finska-politiker-skyldiga-till-vinterkriget Translation to English by me. In Russia, the 75-year anniversary of the Winter War passes unnoticed. But at least the Russian historians continue to debate the war. A discussion that increasingly highlights Finland's guilt to the outbreak of war. In Russia, the Winter War, is known as "the Forgotten War" and "the Unknown War." Because in Soviet times, there was not a line about the Winter War in Soviet textbooks. It was not until the 90's that in Russia began to discuss what really happened between Finland and the USSR winter in 1939. In today's debate, many Russian historians still find it difficult to understand Finland's negative attitude to the proposals on border adjustments Soviet Union put forth in the negotiations in Moscow in autumn in 1939. – From Moscow's point of view, the ideal solution would have been if Finland had become the Soviet Union's ally. Then the war could have been avoided, believes Vladimir Baryshnikov, one of the most influential Russian historians of the Winter War. – The terms & conditions Soviet Union demanded in 1939 then became a reality in 1948 when the countries signed the Pact of Friendship, Cooperation and assistance. According Baryshnikov, Stalin was convinced that the two countries could agree on border adjustments. Another Russian historian Oleg Nazarov believes that the blame for the winter war should be sought from some Finnish politicians. Nazarov got this week, as the only Russian historian, to comment on the Winter War, on the state news agency Ria. Nazarov belongs to the "Zinoviev Club", a group of patriotic scientists whose motto is to provide a "fair" view of Russia. – Finland should never have been sitting still when Hitler attacked the Soviet Union in 1941, believes Nazarov. There were plenty in the Finnish political elite who sympathized with Hitler's Germany and were ready to cooperate with the Third Reich. – And it was these Finnish politicians, the same who made sure to torpedo the negotiations with the Soviet Union, which also carries the largest debt to the Winter War began, says Nazarov. The historian Oleg Nazarov also believe that Stalin had only two bad options to choose from autumn 1939. According to Nazarov, Stalin chose the right thing. – Had Stalin not have acted against Finland, Leningrad would have suffered an even harsher fate in 1941, believes Nazarov. In the Russian debate we hear more and more often claims that Finland did not act independently in Moscow negotiations, but that there was an outside, third party that affected Finland's decision. - There is reason to research more on the question of how much influence other countries had on Finland's activities, said Nazarov. Neither Germany, England or France was interested in the Soviet Union strengthening its positions in North Western Europe. - And when it came to the crunch wanted the Soviet cant wait to see which of the countries that make Finland to its satellite state, says historian Oleg Nazarov.