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United Russia party calls for taking measures to fight ideas on Nazism reanimation

January 15, 2014, 12:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 15. /ITAR-TASS/. The United Russia party calls for working out and taking measures to fight the ideas on reanimating Nazism, first deputy speaker of the State Duma, lower house of parliament, Otari Arshba of United Russia said on Wednesday.

The lawmaker said he was indignant with the facts to glorify former Nazi criminals, particularly the solemn funerals of an SS soldier.

Arshba proposed the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to actively “defend the position to prevent from revising the Nurnberg decisions and the Helsinki agreements”.

The lawmaker said it was necessary to instruct the State Duma Committee for Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Law led by Pavel Krashennikov to hold a round-table meeting on countering neo-Nazism and revising the results of the Great Patriotic War.

Arshba also called for considering a possibility to set up an international parliamentary anti-Nazi club. “I’m sure that our parliament, the Russian leadership and Russia are one of the latest bastions to confront the revival of Nazism,” the Duma lawmaker said.

At present, the State Duma is debating a draft law on five-year prison terms for justifying Nazism. The draft law was worked out by head of the Duma Security Committee Irina Yarovaya (United Russia). Under the draft law, sanctions will be imposed on for denying the verdict of the International Military Tribunal and the activities of the anti-Hitler coalition to maintain peace and security during World War II and spreading misleading information on the anti-Hitler coalition actions during World War II”. The draft law implies a new article will be introduced to the Criminal Code for rehabilitation of Nazism. Fines will amount to up to 300,000 roubles or custody for the term of three years. Mass media will be fined from 100,000 to 500,000 roubles for the same actions or custody for the term of five years. The Russian Supreme Court upheld the initiative.

At the end of 2013 Duma lawmaker Oleg Mikheyev submitted amendments to Article 244 of the Criminal Code “Abuse of Corps and Desecration of Graves”. Such actions should be fined at the amount from 500,000 roubles to one million roubles or custody for the term of seven years, he said.

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