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Russia to counter Nazi glorification attempts - Russian envoy to Geneva

May 10, 2015, 7:48 UTC+3 GENEVA

Celebrating this year the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, "we also mark the establishment of the United Nations Organisation,

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GENEVA, May 10. /TASS/. Russia will "continue to counter attempts at heroising the Nazis and their henchmen, whatever guise they may have," Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Office and other international organisations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin wrote in an article, published by the Tribune de Genиve newspaper May 9-10 issue.

It says that the Red Army, which destroyed three-quarters of the military potential of the Nazis, defeated and captured 607 divisions, made a decisive contribution to the defeat of Hitler’s war machine. "That is why we so keenly feel the falsity and deception, when someone tries to distort history and to whitewash the Nazis, present their accomplices as ‘fighters for national liberation’," the article says. According to the diplomat, the fact that "in some European countries the Nazi ideology is being revived and anti-fascists are being persecuted," causes genuine concern.

The Great Patriotic War [of the USSR against Nazi Germany in 1941-1945] "was a just war of liberation." "Our fathers and grandfathers," the Russian diplomat writes, "fought against the Nazis for the right to exist, for our future." The attempts to present their heroic feat as the result of collision of two totalitarian regimes - Hitler’s and Stalin’s - "are causing indignation and disgust."

"The deep understanding of the fact that Nazism is an absolute evil have made it possible to join together the efforts of the states, which remained ideological opponents - the USSR, the United States, Britain and France - and to jointly finish off the Nazi monster," writes the head of the Russian diplomatic mission.

Celebrating this year the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, "we also mark the establishment of the United Nations Organisation," writes Borodavkin. Creating the UN, mankind declared its determination to prevent new wars, to preserve peace and security, to resolve crises through diplomatic channels, to promote cooperation between states with different political systems, cultural and civilizational identity, according to the diplomat. In the twenty-first century "history has given mankind a chance not to repeat the tragic mistakes of the past." According to Alexei Borodavkin, "This chance cannot be missed.".

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