Roman Shukhevich (1907-50), a thief, terrorist, and three-time murderer. He collaborated with the Nazis (he was a Stürmbannführer in the SS), and bandits under his command murdered at least 100,000 Poles, not to mention Jews, Magyars, Roma (Gypsies), and Orthodox Carpatho-Russian Russophiles. He is the hero of the Galician Uniates. Reflect well on that… they glorify an amoral and nihilistic monster. May God see and judge.
On Tuesday, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a Russian-tabled draft resolution on the inadmissibility of certain practises that help to fuel contemporary outbursts of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance. A total of 122 delegations voted for the draft document, 54 countries abstained, and only the US representatives voted against it. The resolution emphasises the need to condemn propaganda and organisations based on ideas of racial superiority or any attempt to justify or encourage racial hatred or discrimination. Such attempts help to promote the spread and multiply various extremist political parties, movements, and groups, including neo-Nazis and skinheads, the resolution stated.
Commenting on the need to approve the draft, Grigory Lukyantsev, a Russian representative to the UN, drew attention to the fact that “monuments to the Nazis are solemnly unveiled in certain countries, and the dates of their liberation from Nazi oppression are announced as days of mourning”, whilst those who oppose the whitewashing of the historical record to eliminate the memory of the soldiers who fought against the Nazis during World War II are thrown into gaol. “In our view, it is totally inadmissible to glorify those who are involved in Nazi crimes, including whitewashing former SS members, including Waffen-SS units, for it was recognised as a criminal organisation by the Nürnberg Tribunal”, Mr Lukyantsev said, in a clear reference to the former Soviet Baltic states.
Recently, Moscow publicly accused Latvia and Estonia of officially lionising their Nazi lickspittles and cancelled a planned visit to Moscow by Latvian President Valdis Zatlers. The Latvian government said that Russia is exaggerating the whole issue, and said that Russia ignored the fact that, during World War II, many Latvians sided with the German Nazis and about as many fought in the ranks of the Red Army. All this means that what they are now doing now should not be seen as glorification of Nazism, but, only an attempt to reach a “national compromise”.
Russia levelled the same accusation at the Ukrainian government, which made the anniversary of their pro-Nazi nationalist army and of its commander, Roman Shukhevich, something like a national holiday. Explaining his decision to vote “no” on the draft resolution, the US representative said that whilst he “shared the repugnance” at any attempt to glorify Nazi ideology, he still believed that freedom of expression must be protected. Ukraine, Georgia, Moldavia, and 51 other countries abstained, but, after the vote, the Ukrainian representative said that neo-Stalinism also promoted dangerous levels of anti-Semitism and racial intolerance, and failure to include it in the draft resolution was the reason behind his delegation’s abstention.
21 November 2008
Voice of Russia World Service