October 26, 2008
Russia has condemned the attempts to glorify Nazis and their sidekicks and urged the United Nations to cut short the efforts to re-write the history of the Second World War. This came in a statement during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly Committee on Special Political Issues by Russia’s representative Ruslan Bakhtin.
Voice of Russia reports that Moscow has repeatedly voiced criticism at the policy pursued by the authorities of Estonia, Latvia and Ukraine where those who collaborated with the Nazis are seen as national heroes today. This is all the more inadmissible in the light of two memorable dates that the world community will officially mark next year, namely 70 years since the Second World War broke out and 65 years since the opening of the Second Front by the Allies.
In this context pro-Nazi sentiment can be seen as a challenge to and desecration of the memory of those who gave their lives to liberate the world of the Nazi plague. President Victor Yushchenko has conferred posthumously the title of Hero of Ukraine on Roman Shukhevich, one of the chieftains of Ukraine’s Rebels’ Army, which fought along with the Third Reich, and has signed a decree on celebrating the day of the Rebels’ Army formation. Latvia annually holds processions by the former members of the Latvian Waffen SS Legion, involved in mass-scale execution of Jews. Today Kiev and Riga chose to us up the fact in what proves a crime against history, says political analyst Yevgeny Satanovsky and elaborates.
It is no secret, Yevgeny Satanovsky says, that the extermination of both the Jews and hundreds of thousands of Gypsies and Poles in Ukraine and Lithuania with diabolical cruelty has been all-forgotten. Today’s Poland, part of the new Europe which deliberately shocks the world community lays any kind of claims to Russia, while carefully avoiding any official mention of the Nazi victims, — the Poles killed in Ukraine. The hands of such people as Bandera or Roman Shukhevich are deep in the blood of tens of thousands of people.
Meanwhile the officials in Ukraine and the Baltic countries do not see the honouring of the former SS legionnaires as the revision of history. Kiev and Riga point out that they only pay what tribute they owe to the people who fought for their countries’ independence. They don’t bother to think that if Nazi Germany had won the war, Ukraine or Latvia could have simply forgotten about their much-sought independence. In accordance with Germany’s Plan OST, the territories of the two countries were to have been Germanized, while Ukrainians and Latvians were to have been moved to concentration camps.
Source: Voice of Russia