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Russia concerned about attempts to rehabilitate Nazi criminals in Ukraine — Lavrov

April 23, 2015, 15:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Unfortunately, the vaccine from the Nazi virus, developed at the Nuremberg tribunal, gradually weakens," Russian Foreign Minister said
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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MOSCOW, April 23. /TASS/. Russia is concerned about the situation in Ukraine, where attempts are made to rehabilitate Nazi criminals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday in a preamble to the Foreign Ministry’s report "Neo-Nazism - Dangerous Threat to Human Rights, Democracy and Supremacy of Law."

Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and Supremacy of Law Konstantin Dolgov presented the report dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in TASS on Thursday.

"Unfortunately, the vaccine from the Nazi virus, developed at the Nuremberg tribunal, gradually weakens," Lavrov said. "This is, in particular, showing in a number of European countries. Nazi ideas and values are openly promoted, nationalist radicals are raising their heads. Special concern arises about the situation in Ukraine, where Nazi criminals are in fact rehabilitated. All this not only insults the memory of millions of victims, but also threatens fundamental principles of ensuring democracy and human rights," the foreign minister stressed.

Russia "watches with indignation cynical attempts to falsify the history of the Second World War, equate victims and executioners, raise to the rank of heroes Nazis and their supports," Lavrov said. "The aim of such unscrupulous actions - and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about it - is to use historical speculations in geopolitical games, provoke political phobias, embroil whole countries and nations," the foreign minister said.

"We proceed from the fact that full recognition of results of the Second World War, enshrined in the UN Charter and other international documents, is an imperative for all countries," Lavrov noted. "We are convinced that systematic work on countering heroization of Nazism, any forms and manifestations of racism, xenophobia, aggressive nationalism, chauvinism should stay the focus of attention for the world community," he concluded.

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