Speaking ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat, Ivanov lamented that politicians in Western Europe and the United States "purposely try to rewrite history, to twist history, to put, for example, Communism and Nazism on one level."
"There are a huge number of documents, historical proof that the Soviet Union played a crucial role in winning this most dreadful war in world history."
A recent survey conducted by ICM Research for Sputnik News Agency showed that 24 percent of EU citizens polled were unable to say who had played a key role in changing the course of World War II. Only 13 percent of respondents said they believed the USSR shaped the outcome of the war.
The Kremlin official suggested that the younger generation "is not interested in history, partly because society as a whole doesn't pay much attention to those facts and events."
World War II involved 61 countries and over 80 percent of the world's population. Some 70 million people are believed to have perished in the conflict.
The Soviet Union lost over 27 million people, both military and civilians. The number of its military dead topped 8.7 million, more than half of the 14 million total allied casualties.
May 9 Parade Domestic Occasion, but Foreign Guests Welcome
Ivanov commented on the conspicuous absence of some heads-of-state of the Soviet Union's former World War II allied powers – most notably France, Britain and the United States – from the list of attendees for the May 9 parade. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not be in Moscow for the parade but will visit Russia the following day.
This year's event – the biggest Russian military parade ever held – will be attended by about 25 foreign leaders, including presidents of the BRICS group of emerging economies, former Soviet republics-turned-CIS states, as well as some Asian and European countries. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is also expected to attend.