Russia’s Parliament, the State Duma, is working on a response to OSCE’s resolution, which the organization approved on July 3rd. The resolution condemned the Nazi regime in Germany and Stalin’s regime in the USSR. OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly claimed that the USSR and Germany were both guilty in unleashing Second World War.
The authors of the resolution said that Russia should refuse from the glorification of the Soviet past. In addition, they say that Russia must eliminate the structures which idealize history. It apparently goes about Dmitry Medvedev’s decision to establish a committee to struggle against the falsification of history to the detriment of Russia ’s interests.
Russia harshly criticized the OSCE’s document. “The Congress of People’s Deputies gave its estimation to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1992, so any new measures are redundant,” an official spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Igor Frolov said. The official added that Russia condemned the signing of the pact long ago, so there was absolutely no need to go on with any speculations on the matter.
Alexander Kozlovsky, the head of Russia’s delegation at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly described the resolution as an attempt to equate the Soviet Union with Nazi Germany in spite of the fact that it was the USSR that relieved the world of the plague of Nazism.
“It is an attempt to rewrite the history of WWII and to place equal responsibility for the war on the former Soviet Union and Hitler’s Germany,” Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs said.
“There are strict and universally recognized definitions of fascism. There are the decisions of the Nuernberg Tribunal, and there are the results of Second World War – no one has a right to cast doubts on them. Stalin’s persona, his legacy and his regime – this is a completely different subject. This subject deserves an extremely careful attitude, but these are completely different issues,” Duma’s Vice Speaker Oleg Morozov said.
“Someone in Europe tries to blacken Russia as they compare Stalinism and Nazism. Stalin was committing genocide against the peoples of Russia, whereas Nazism is guilty in exterminating other nations. Millions of people were killed because of Stalin’s idiotism, but one should speak about it separately from Nazism,” State Duma deputy Gennady Gudkov told Pravda.Ru.
“This is a political action, which European deputies are conducting deliberately. They forgot to add other regimes, which were guilty in slaughtering millions of people. For example, millions of Chinese people were killed during Mao’s regime. For some reason, they forgot to mention the regimes of Pol Pot, Mussolini, Franco and Pinochet, as well as the genocide of Armenians in Turkey in 1915. They did not mention the crimes, which the United States committed against Vietnam during the 1960s and the 1970s.
“Several small European countries, which used to eat out of Russia’s hands, are now working against Russia. Their nationalist political elite is trying to take revenge on Russia, and it is a pity that other European countries listened to their appeals,” the deputy concluded.