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Duma speaker: Glorification of Nazi henchmen becomes state policy in some countries

April 28, 2015, 14:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Unfortunately, this has been almost elevated to the rank of state policy in some Baltic countries, and now in Kiev," Naryshkin noted
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Chairman of the lower house of the Russian parliament Sergey Naryshkin

Chairman of the lower house of the Russian parliament Sergey Naryshkin

© Alexandr Shalgin/Russia's parliament press service/TASS

MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. Glorification of Nazi abetters in a number of Baltic countries, and, most recently, in Ukraine has actually become a national policy, Chairman of the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, Sergey Naryshkin told foreign participants in the conference dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory over Nazism.

"Absolutely cynical, in my opinion, is the fight against the monuments to Soviet liberator soldiers, the fight against the burial sites of Soviet soldiers - those who liberated the cities, populated localities and countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Attempts to rehabilitate and glorify Nazi henchmen are cynical as well," the State Duma speaker said.

"Unfortunately, this has been almost elevated to the rank of state policy in some Baltic countries, and now in Kiev," he noted.

Naryshkin described the second aspect of the problem of the falsification of history as international and legal. "You are aware that the modern system of international relations, the system of international security was to a large extent built on the results and lessons of the Second World War," he told the attending experts.

"When we uphold the truth about the Victory all together, the truth about events of the World War II, its causes and outcomes, we simultaneously uphold the system of international relations and the system of international law. Meanwhile, some of our opponents are reluctant to see interconnection between these two elements, and this is a very dangerous phenomenon," the State Duma chairman said. Historical facts may be assessed in a different way, he noted. "But facts should be trustworthy, and differences in the positions of various countries are no reason for distorting history," Naryshkin said.

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