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June 22, 2021 marks 80 years since the day when Hitler’s Third Reich treacherously attacked the USSR – the Great Patriotic War began. She became one of the darkest, but also heroic pages of world history. The atrocities of the Nazis, including the Holocaust, inflicted severe wounds on all the peoples of the Soviet Union and millions of people around the world.

The largest humanitarian catastrophe is the result of the aggressive aspirations of those who were convinced of their racial superiority, exclusivity and the right to individually decide the fate of other countries and peoples.

But we won that war against absolute evil. The Red Army was able to slow down and then stop the Nazi death machine. All the peoples of the Soviet Union made their contribution to the victory. They took the main blow of Nazism, met it with selfless resistance, and after going through the hardest trials, they determined the outcome of that war and brought liberation to other peoples, crushing the enemy and paying the highest price for it. It was with the entry of the Soviet Union into World War II that the nature of hostilities acquired a global and irreversible character, and an anti-Hitler coalition began to form in opposition to the bloc of aggressive powers.

We will never forget that the Victory in World War II and the salvation of the peoples of Europe from enslavement and destruction were achieved thanks to the unprecedented courage and dedication of front-line soldiers, partisans, participants in the anti-fascist resistance and underground movement, home front workers, thanks to the unity of all the peoples of the Soviet Union. This is our common Victory. We honor the memory of millions of people of different nationalities and religions who gave their lives for the triumph of freedom and justice.

However, today we are witnessing a cynical desire to consign to oblivion the lessons of this terrible War, to give distorted moral and legal assessments of its results, to equalize the rights of victims and executioners, liberators and aggressors, to question the decisions of the Nuremberg Tribunal. We consistently and resolutely oppose any attempts to revise the events and results of World War II, whitewash Nazism and its accomplices to justify their monstrous crimes.

We condemn any form of glorification of the Nazi movement, neo-Nazism and former members of the Waffen-SS organization. We consider this an open mockery of the millions who died on the battlefields against Nazism and fascism, brutally tortured by the Nazis in prisons, burned and strangled in concentration camps. It is unacceptable to create a breeding ground for those who are trying to plant new misanthropic extremist ideologies. We are deeply convinced that one cannot close our eyes to such phenomena for the sake of opportunistic interests; they must be resolutely fought against. In this context, we note the UN General Assembly resolution adopted on December 16, 2020 “Combating the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to the escalation of modern forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

We emphasize the need to preserve and properly care for military graves and military monuments. The fight against the memorials of soldiers-liberators deployed by a number of countries in the OSCE area is unacceptable from either a moral or a scientific-historical point of view.

Eight decades after that mournful day, we call again to reflect on the lessons of this tragic period in the history of our civilization. We stand for the revival of genuine interaction and mutual understanding between countries and peoples on the basis of equality, mutual respect and universal human democratic values. Today it depends on the world community whether the world will again find itself on a dangerous line.

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