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MOSCOW, May 1. /TASS/. The West should urge Ukrainian authorities to take concrete measures to curb the neo-Nazis, identify and punish those responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov said on Friday.
"We believe that the European Union and United States, which are so actively listened to in Kiev, and certainly relevant international organisations in which Ukraine has membership - the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe - should exert the necessary influence on Ukrainian authorities," Dolgov said in an interview to the Izvestia newspaper.
He stressed that the crimes committed in Ukraine against civilians, including children, should be followed by punishment.
"The threat of neo-Nazi lawlessness in Ukraine goes far beyond this country. There is a lot of evidence that extremism spills across national borders. Those who have fought under the Nazi banners and swastikas in Ukraine tomorrow may appear in other parts of Europe and the world, but with the same destructive agenda," said Dolgov.
He said that the general public, including in the West, is increasingly concerned over the threats of xenophobia, neo-Nazism, racial discrimination. "What is happening today in Baltimore is a reaction to racial discrimination. Many Americans, not just blacks, have taken to the streets to protest against racial discrimination and its large-scale manifestations," he said.
On April 25, demonstrators clashed with police in U.S. city of Baltimore (Maryland), and on April 27 - the day of the funeral of 25-year-old African-American Freddie Gray [who was beaten up by policemen during detention] - they grew into large-scale rioting.
The riots in Baltimore were triggered by police actions Freddy Gray’s detention. According to a number of media reports, he sustained serious injuries from which, despite the best efforts of doctors, the young man died.