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Sunday, 16 March 2008

Glorification of Nazism

Filed under: politics,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00


Authorities in Riga approved a march by former Waffen-SS legionaries due to be held on Sunday. These marches have become a regular occurrence in Latvia and neighbouring Estonia. Meanwhile, organisations opposing the glorification of fascism were denied permission to hold their own rallies today. Earlier, the Latvian Socialist Party published a statement strongly condemning any attempts to revive the Nazi ideology. The government, however, seems to completely ignore the fact that the notorious Waffen-SS divisions that operated in countries under German occupation during the Second World War were declared illegal by the Nürnberg Tribunal. Incidentally, Hitler’s book Mein Kampf is on sale without hindrance in any bookstore in Riga.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has repeatedly voiced concern over the idolisation of fascism in a number of European countries. In Fieldkirchen in Austria, a local ultra-right group and German neo-Nazis staged a gathering under the slogan “A Jew Was and Remains an Enemy”. In Germany, Udo Voigt, the leader of the extreme right-wing National-Democratic Party, announced recently, “Our time has come”. There are neo-Nazi groups in Hungary and other European countries.

Last autumn, Russia presented at the UN General Assembly session a draft resolution aimed to prevent the spread of Nazism and racist movements. It came as a big surprise when 33 countries, some members of the EU included, abstained from voting. A military expert, General Nikolai Leonov, told us how Russia could have acted in such a situation.

“We can discuss the issue in all international organisations, including the European Court in Strasbourg. Fascism can receive other names, but, its essence will always remain the same. All countries condemn this system, that is why we should be persistent to achieve our goals”.

Russian MPs have long been discussing a draft resolution to ban neo-Nazi factions from spreading their activity in Europe. Moscow wants the UN Security Council to accept the initiative and make the resolution obligatory for all UN members.

16 March 2008

Voice of Russia World Service


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