MOSCOW, July 19. /TASS/. The state Duma meeting on Wednesday appealed to European parliaments and inter-parliamentary organizations in connection with the adopted in Poland by the law on the demolition of monuments to Soviet soldiers and urged to condemn and confront the destruction and desecration of monuments to fighters against fascism.
Simultaneously with the Knesset of Israel
The draft appeal “To the parliaments of the countries of Europe, the OSCE parliamentary Assembly, the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament in connection with the insult to the memory of soldiers killed during the liberation of Europe from Nazism, the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Second world war” prepared by the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the leaders of all four parliamentary factions and the Chairman of the relevant Committee Leonid Slutsky. The lower house of the Russian Parliament for the first time considered the draft statement simultaneously with the Knesset of Israel, who on Wednesday also discussed a similar document.
“This format is selected for the first time in the state Duma of the new convocation. This is a Prime example of effective cooperation with foreign Parliament and simultaneous adoption of a Declaration on the crucial issue on the international agenda”, – said Slutsky, speaking at a meeting.
The call to condemn the Polish law on the demolition of monuments
“State Duma deputies appeal to the parliaments of Europe and the European parliamentary institutions, an appeal to strongly condemn the recent increase in cases of destruction and desecration of monuments and memorials erected in honor of soldiers of the anti-Hitler coalition who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Europe from Nazism,” – said in the text of the resolution. The chamber considers that “there can be no forgiveness for those who insult the memory of soldiers and officers of the red Army, partisans, resistance fighters, victims of the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Second world war.”
The state Duma emphasized that “Hitler’s executioners, whose hands the blood of millions of innocent victims, are the masterminds behind those who are trying to make political capital by fanning the extremely dangerous nationalist and revanchist sentiments among the population of individual States of Europe, in particular Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine”.
“We are witnessing increasing aspiration of unprincipled politicians to rewrite history and revise the results of world war II. Otherwise it is impossible to interpret, for example, consolidation in the Republic of Poland in the framework of the “law on de-communization” of April 1, 2016 and recently adopted by the Sejm, the Senate and the President signed the amendments the possibility of demolition and dismantling nearly 500 monuments and memorials erected in honor of soldiers of the red Army – liberators of Poland, among whom were Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Jews, Azerbaijanis, Kazakhs, Armenians, Kirghiz, and other representatives of the Soviet people – the winner,” the statement reads.
The deputies pointed out that “solutions, such as the blasphemous act of the Polish authorities, which is based on a desire to belittle the decisive role of the red Army in the liberation of Europe and the world from fascist invaders, condone the criminal logic of the glorification of Nazism and, as a consequence, the emergence in Europe of a young generation who does not know the truth about the most terrible war of the twentieth century”. “There, where the role models imposed Bandera or the Baltic “forest brothers”, there is a breeding ground for terrorism, ethnic and religious hatred,” – warn the Russian legislators.
To unite efforts and to prevent the distortion of history
In this regard, the state Duma has called on European parliamentarians to unite efforts on counteraction to any attempts of revival of fascism and glorification of Hitler’s executioners, and also “strictly oppose the destruction or desecration of monuments and memorials of the soldiers who liberated Europe from Nazism”. In addition, the state Duma considers it necessary “to include in the educational programs of educational institutions of European countries truthful materials reflecting the crucial role of the red Army in the victory over Nazism, the lessons of the Holocaust, the harmfulness of collaboration and any form of aiding and abetting Nazi occupiers, and their modern followers”.
“The state Duma calls upon the parliaments of European States and international parliamentary organizations to take all possible measures, especially legislative measures, to ensure a mutually respectful relationship to historical memory, respect for the heroism of millions of people who gave their lives for the liberation of Europe from the brown plague, served as a solid basis for good-neighbourly and civilized relations in our common European home whose liberty is won by our grandfathers and fathers. To be worthy of the memory fallen in struggle against fascist invaders and their accomplices – a sacred duty and obligation of the citizen of a free Europe,” is in the document.
The position of the Russian Federation and Israel
June 29 meeting of speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin and the Chairman of the Israeli Knesset Yuli Edelstein. The speakers of the parliaments of the two countries discussed adopted by the Polish Sejm amended the act on prohibition of propaganda of communism, which authorizes the demolition of monuments to Soviet soldiers-liberators.
Speakers agreed on the adoption by the state Duma and Knesset statements condemning the act. “Our peoples have suffered most from fascism in the Second world war. Absolutely unacceptable cases of desecration of monuments to soldiers who gave their lives in the struggle against Nazism, and especially the legal justification for these criminal acts”, – said the head of the lower house of the Parliament of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin.