Russian MFA: We must confront blatant neo-fascist propaganda in Estonia

27.06.2018, Moscow.

On June 26, Russian Foreign Ministry published a call on its web-site to influence Tallinn to put an end to neo-fascist propaganda in Estonia.

The Russian MFA’s Information and Press Department posted a comment regarding a memorial tablet to commemorate Waffen-SS standartenführer Alfons Rebane being installed in Estonia. The memorial tablet’s official unveiling ceremony dedicated to colonel Rebane, who led punitive operations against civilians on occupied Soviet territory during the Great Patriotic War, was held on June 22nd.

 “We note the particular cynicism of the organisers of this shameful event, who held it on June 22, the day when the Great Patriotic War began... It is nothing other than an insult to the memory of millions of people who fell fighting Nazism,” the comment states. The Russian MFA also underlined that although the Estonian authorities were fast to point to their  lack of involvement with mounting the memorial tablet, they “have not found the courage to denounce this latest evidence of the glorification of Nazism.”

Russian MFA stated the unacceptability of such an approach and called upon specialized international agencies to influence the Estonian authorities to stop blatant neo-fascist propaganda in Estonia.

In November 2014, the UN General Assembly’s Committee adopted a resolution on combating Nazism, race discrimination and xenophobia glorification [full name: “Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” – Editor]. The resolution in particular stated that the members of the UN General Assembly express “deep concern about the glorification, in any form, of the Nazi movement, neo-Nazism and former members of the Waffen SS organization, including by erecting monuments and memorials and holding public demonstrations.”

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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