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Press release on the adoption by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session of a resolution on combatting the glorification of Nazism

On November 12, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session adopted during a meeting, held in New York, the resolution “Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” initiated by the Russian Federation. It was co-sponsored by 58 countries, including Russia. During the vote, 121 countries voted in favour, two delegations – the United States and Ukraine – voted against, and 53 countries abstained.

It is symbolic that the document was approved on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the verdict in the Nuremberg Trials which provided a fundamental assessment of the Nazi regime’s crimes and formalised the outcome of World War II. Furthermore, Nuremberg provided a definitive answer to the question of who acted as the force of good and who was on the side of evil during WWII.

Recalling the judgement of the Nuremberg Tribunal, the outcome documents of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (South Africa, 2001) and the Durban Review Conference (Geneva, April 2009), the resolution expresses serious concern over the rise of extremist movements and political parties promoting racism, ethnocentrism and xenophobia, and spreading fascist and racial supremacy ideologies.

The resolution condemns the glorification of the Nazi movement and the former members of the Waffen SS organisation, including by erecting monuments and memorials, holding public demonstrations in the name of the glorification of the Nazi past, the Nazi movement and neo-Nazism. The document places special emphasis on the fact that erecting monuments to Waffen SS members, holding marches and other similar actions does injustice to the memory of the countless victims of fascism, negatively influences children and young people and is incompatible with the obligations of States Members of the United Nations.

In addition, the resolution stresses that such actions cannot be viewed as exercising the rights to peaceful assembly, association and expression, but constitute a clear and manifest abuse of these rights. Moreover, the General Assembly believes that these acts may fall under the purview of Article 4 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which requires all its state parties prosecute such acts as criminal offences.

One provision in the resolution’s operative part has special importance. It expresses “deep concern about increased frequency of attempts and activities intended to desecrate or demolish monuments erected in remembrance of those who fought against Nazism during the Second World War, as well as to unlawfully exhume or remove the remains of such persons.” In addition, this paragraph urges states to “fully comply with their relevant obligations, inter alia, under article 34 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions of 1949.”

The document, as adopted by the Third Committee, also addresses the issue of declaring or attempting to declare former Nazis, members of the Waffen SS organisation and “those who fought against the anti-Hitler coalition, collaborated with the Nazi movement” participants in national liberation movements.

Furthermore, the resolution mentions several recommendations by the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on contemporary forms of racism, as contained in the rapporteur’s reports to the General Assembly. In this connection, it is important to note the Special Rapporteur’s conclusions that revising history is unacceptable, and on the importance of history classes in teaching the dramatic events and human suffering which arose out of the adoption of ideologies such as Nazism and Fascism. Equally important is the conclusion that any public events, both official and informal ones, celebrating former Waffen SS members must be legally banned. This year’s resolution requests that the Special Rapporteur pay particular attention when making future reports to the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly to specific facts on the glorification of Nazism and former Waffen SS members and any such manifestations, including marches and erecting monuments to former SS members.

The fact that the United States and Ukraine again voted against this document, while delegations of EU member states abstained during the vote is hard to understand and is highly regrettable. An overwhelming majority of UN member states voted in favour.

We do hope that the adoption of this resolution sends a clear signal to countries where decisive action to counter the increasingly frequent attempts to glorify Nazism, including Waffen SS veterans and various kinds of collaborationists, is long overdue.

We invite everyone to read the latest Foreign Ministry report on the glorification of Nazism. It is available on the Foreign Ministry website and discusses concrete facts and trends regarding this subject.




01.12.2021 - Foreign Ministry statement on the planned US “summit for democracy”, November 30, 2021

In connection with the so-called summit for democracy to be held on December 9-10 at the initiative of the US administration, we consider it necessary to make the following statement. The organisers and enthusiasts behind this strange event claim to lead the world in advancing the cause of democracy and human rights. However, the track record and reputation of the United States, Great Britain, and the EU member states in terms of respecting democratic rights and freedoms at home, as well as in the international arena, are, to put it mildly, far from ideal. The evidence suggests that the United States and its allies cannot and should not claim the status of a “beacon” of democracy, since they themselves have chronic problems with freedom of speech, election administration, corruption and human rights.

24.11.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the meeting of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs “International agenda of Russian businesses: Challenges, risks and cooperation strategies with the state,” Moscow, November 23, 2021

The Russian Foreign Ministry has always proceeded and continues to proceed from the premise that our work and that of other government structures must be in harmony with the efforts of business associations, the main participants in foreign economic activity. Together this should enhance the competitiveness of Russian companies, expand their opportunities abroad and help protect their lawful interests. This is one of the priority goals of Russian diplomacy. It is set forth in the Concept of Foreign Policy approved by the President of Russia. A new version of this concept is being drafted now, and this goal will be expressed even more prominently.

19.11.2021 - Embassy comment on the Home Office announcing a public inquiry into the death of Dawn Sturgess

The announcement by the Home Secretary Priti Patel of a public inquiry into the death of Dawn Sturgess in 2018 to be established by the government came as no surprise to us. This is the turn of events we have predicted earlier having taken into account what we observe in the UK, including the bellicose mood of the British establishment. It confirms our earlier assumption that the situation around Salisbury and Amesbury ‘poisonings’ and the tragic death of Dawn Sturgess would develop in accordance with the painfully familiar Litvinenko Case playbook. As the Home Office statement demonstrates now, London doesn’t conceal it anymore.

18.11.2021 - Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on NATO Secretary General’s comments on Russia, November 17, 2021

NATO continues its propaganda efforts targeting people in European countries as it tries to convince them that Russia and its “aggressive” behaviour are the source of instability on the continent. Recently, the NATO Secretary General used a meeting of the 73rd session of the Nordic Council to repeat accusations that our country has interfered in other states’ affairs, which has become a bad habit of his. As usual, he did not provide any evidence. He just used stock phrases and clichés to advocate stepping up NATO activities in northern latitudes, drawing Finland and Sweden into the process of militarising the Arctic and turning it into a space for geopolitical competition rather an area of cooperation.

18.11.2021 - Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Anti-Russia statements by British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, November 17, 2021

We noted the anti-Russia statements by British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, which were published by The Sunday Telegraph. She tried to pin the migration crisis on the Belarus-Poland border on Russia and urged European countries to oppose the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project in a united front.

18.11.2021 - Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Signing of a British-Ukrainian agreement on building up military cooperation, November 17, 2021

It was announced on November 13 of this year that Britain and Ukraine signed an intergovernmental framework agreement on naval cooperation, which provides for the allocation to Kiev of a 10-year 1.7 billion-pound-sterling loan. These funds are supposed to be spent on purchasing or building ships and the construction of naval bases for the Ukrainian Navy in Ochakovo and Berdyansk. This is the legal formalisation of the bilateral accords on military and defence industry cooperation following the visit of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to the United Kingdom in 2020.

17.11.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on aspects of the space activities of Russia and other states, November 16, 2021

In light of the numerous media inquiries we have received, it is necessary to provide some clarification regarding the Defence Ministry’s successful test on November 15 of this year. The test resulted in the destruction of the inactive Russian satellite Tselina-D that had been in orbit since 1982. The test was conducted in strict conformity with international law, including the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and was not directed against anyone.

16.11.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions following his visit to France, Paris, November 12, 2021

I would like to say a few words about the meeting of the foreign and defence ministers of the Russian Federation and the French Republic, which were held today in the 2 + 2 format.

13.11.2021 - Assessment of the Responses of France, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom to the Russian Request under Paragraph 2 of Article IX of the Chemical Weapons Convention dated 7 October 2021 regarding the Incident with Alexey Navalny

On 7 October 2021, in response to the démarche made against Russia within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) by a group of 45 States “concerned” about the 2020 incident involving Russian blogger Alexey Navalny, the Russian Federation submitted through the OPCW Technical Secretariat (TS) a counter-démarche to the representatives of France, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom under paragraph 2 of Article IX of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

13.11.2021 - The President answered questions from Pavel Zarubin, a journalist with Rossiya 1 TV channel, November 13, 2021

Pavel Zarubin: Mr President, tensions are escalating on the border between the EU and Belarus. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: In this connection, I would like to remind you what our Foreign Ministry has already stated. We should not forget the roots of these migration crises. Was it Belarus that unleashed these problems? No, the problems were caused by the West, by the European countries. These problems have political, military and economic dimensions.

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