Embassy Statement

November 3, 2017

Russia has started the preparation for another United Nations General Assembly Resolution entitled “Combating glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance”. This resolution is traditionally co-sponsored by dozens of countries. The document is always adopted by the overwhelming majority.
Only a few states vote against. And the number of opponents is consistently decreasing. Unfortunately, in 2014 Ukraine joined them which became a logical result of a coup in Kiev staged by the armed nationalists.
The adoption of the resolution in 2016 had a symbolic meaning – it happened when the 70th Anniversary of the Verdicts of the Nuremberg trial was celebrated. Only Ukraine and the US voted against it. Washington representative always votes against it.
What is this document about? The resolution expresses serious concerns over the spread of extremists movements and political parties based on ideologies of racial and national prejudice and condemns the glorification of the Nazi movement and former members of the Waffen SS organization, including by erecting monuments and memorials. The resolution draws attention to the deplorable practice of declaring those who fought against the anti-Hitler coalition and collaborated with the Nazi movement national heroes and participants in national liberation movements. It also expresses concern at recurring attempts to desecrate or demolish monuments erected in remembrance of those who fought against Nazism (in this regard Poland deserves special mention), as well as to unlawfully exhume or remove the remains of such persons.
We regret and are disappointed by continious unwillingness of the US to support the document given that their persistent attempts to explain their position by concern for the freedom of expression do not appear convincing. Especially amid the American society’s reaction to the developments in the US mentioned in the resolution.
The adoption of this resolution is yet another clear signal sent by an impressive majority of the international community to those countries that need to take urgent measures to counter attempts to glorify Nazis, including those from Waffen SS or who collaborated with the Nazis.
That is a signal to step over to the right side of history.