1. Russia is a continuity with a long and consistent identity. Victories at Borodino and Stalingrad are just part of the same historical continuum.
2. Russia is now and has always been an inherent part of a European settlement. Russian participation is critical in maintaining peace in Europe.
3. Next year Russia is facing the centenary of the 1917 revolution and will be treating this as an event in the history of the Russian Empire that was a reflection of the time. It should be considered the equivalent of the French revolution. Russia would prefer it if a jingoistic sabre-rattling NATO and EU federation refrained from making negative capital from the Soviet period.
4. In particular, Russia's official position remains that there is no moral (or immoral) equivalency between the Hitler and Stalin regimes; as Lavrov writes
'... the notion of the “clash of two totalitarianisms,” which is now actively inculcated in European minds, including at schools, is groundless and immoral. The Soviet Union, for all its evils, never aimed to destroy entire nations.'5. Russia didn't lose the Cold War; 1989 was the result of "our people’s will for change plus an unlucky chain of events"
6. Fukuyama's 'End of History' is bollocks
7. Russia made all the right moves following the fall of the Wall to create economic and political co-operation with the US and Europe. She was spurned by a triumphalist and aggressive NATO and EU that sought to kick her when she was down - fomenting crises including Ukraine.
8. Work with us; Russia has a legitimate and important part to play, and we're on the same side against the same enemies. EU / NATO aggression is pointless and harms us all.
For what it's worth, my own opinion on these points is (1) True (2) True (3) Get over it. The millions of Stalin's victims will rightly get plenty of air time. (4) Plain wrong. You can't whitewash Stalin. (5) Wishful thinking (6) True and (7) to (8) all true.