The fact that Baltic republics leadership support glorification of the fascist criminals, makes it possible to talk about the responsibility of these states for some of the atrocities committed. This is stated in a report prepared by Russian non-governmental organizations. It was presented at the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council on July 9, TASS reports. The session takes place in Geneva.
According to one of the authors of the report, the head the Historical Memory Foundation Alexander Dyukov, today there are several hundred people living in the Baltic States and beyond its borders who may be related to the Nazi war crimes. We are talking about those who fought in collaborationist divisions and SS formations. Russia has every right to pursue them.
The historian also pointed out that Riga had refused to comply with the Terezin Declaration, which provided for the return of property of Holocaust victims and other Nazi crimes.
Mikhail Chernov, heading the Board of the Foundation for the Support and Development of Jewish Culture, Traditions, Education and Science, expressed confidence that the time had come to end any likelihood of a revival of Nazi ideology. Unfortunately, he added, in some European countries the Nazi glorification is maintained at the state level.
Note, politicians in Estonia offered to return the monument to the nationalists who fought in the ranks of the 20th Waffen SS division on Hitler’s side in Lihula. Russian Embassy called it blasphemy, provocation and insult to the memory of the victims of fascism.
According to TASS, Russia annually submits a draft UN resolution against glorification of Nazism, but the United States and Ukraine keep voting against it. “It is deeply disappointing that neo-Nazi organizations ‘hiding’ behind the First Amendment in the United States freely operate and erect monuments to ‘heroes’ of ethnic cleansings, Nazi collaborators involved in the Holocaust,” said Russia’s US ambassador Anatoly Antonov.