The Latvian SS Volunteer Legion on parade celebrating the 25th anniversary of National Latvia Day. 1943
The Latvian authorities with their ban on the use of the St. George’s ribbon are trying to forget the disgraceful part of their history, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev wrote on September 28 on his Facebook page.
This is how the senator commented on the adoption of the relevant bill in the Latvian parliament. He also paid attention that initiators of the ban referred to their phobias caused by associations with Soviet “totalitarian ideology”.
“It seems to me that the St. George‘s ribbon is a pain in the neck to those who would not like to remember that disgraceful part of the Latvian history,” Kosachev thinks.
The politician further reminded that during World War II, 89% of Jews in Latvia were killed, which is more than anywhere else in the world. Out of 80 thousand Latvian Jews, only a few hundred survived.
He also recalled the peculiarity of Latvia’s struggle for its independence when the Latvian SS legionaries committed war crimes in Poland, Belarus, Pskov and Leningrad regions of Russia.
“It is enough to recall the Winter Magic Operation which has been a total mop-up of civilians in the Belarusian-Latvian border region to block Soviet partisans, when a 40 kilometer ‘dead zone’ was created and 430 villages were burned, 10 to 12 thousands people were massacred for this purpose,” the senator reminded, adding that Latvian battalions mostly killed women, old people and children.
“It is clear that the descendants of the members of the Latvian punitive squads do not have their ‘St. George’s Ribbon’ as a symbol of military glory. And they will never have,” Kosachev concluded.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency