Victory Day’s Absurd Persecutions against Russians in Europe recall the “Insane Ambitions of the Nazis”
On the cover image the book Hitler’s Vikings by Jonathan Trigg and the Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Victoria Day
Introduction by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
Victory Day celebrations – marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII 78 years ago – were held on May 9 all over the world.
This year, however, the celebrations faced restrictions in multiple countries and were even outrightly banned over the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
A major Immortal Regiment march took place in Moldova, with some 50,000 people taking part in it, according to the country’s former president, Igor Dodon. Many participants defied the ban on wearing the traditional orange-and-black St. George ribbon at the event and some were even fined for the offense.
Western elites have forgotten the consequences of the Nazis’ “insane ambitions,” Russian President Vladimir Putin has said during his Victory Day Parade speech on Red Square in Moscow.
Russia believes that “any ideology of superiority is by its nature disgusting, criminal and deadly,” the president pointed out.
“The globalist elites keep insisting on their exceptionalism; they pit people against each other, split societies, provoke bloody conflicts and coups, sow hatred, Russophobia and aggressive nationalism, destroy traditional family values that make human a human,”Putin said.
According to the Russian leader, all this is being done by the US and allies in order to “further dictate their will, their rights and their rules” and implement what is basically “a system of robbery, violence and suppression” on the international stage.
“It seems that they have forgotten what the insane ambitions of the Nazis led to. They have forgotten who defeated this monstrous, total evil,” he stressed.
EU state plans to ‘eradicate’ May 9 celebrations of victory over Nazis according to Latvia minister
May 9 celebrations of the Soviet Union’s WWII victory over Nazi Germany could soon be completely discontinued in Latvia, Interior Minister Maris Kucinskis suggested in an interview with national broadcaster TV3 on Wednesday.
“A few more years, and we will be able to completely remove the red color from May 9,”the politician said, suggesting that “red flags”will soon be replaced by EU flags to commemorate Europe Day. “We in Latvia will never again celebrate May 9,” he added. Changing people’s minds, however, could take much longer, Kucinski admitted.
His comments came after the Latvian parliament last month officially banned any festive events, meetings, marches and pickets in celebration of Victory Day on May 9, describing such actions as “belittling and undermining the values of Latvia as a democratic and national state, including the division of society, the glorification of war, military aggression and totalitarianism, as well as a false interpretation of historical events.”
Latvia, along with the rest of the EU, marks the allied victory over the Third Reich on May 8, known as Victory in Europe Day, while Russia and several other countries mark the occasion a day later.
Riga’s stance comes as the Baltic nation still allows annual parades dedicated to Latvian Waffen-SS legionnaires – members of the combat branch of the Nazi Party’s security and surveillance agency. The most recent parade was held in March and featured hundreds of people marching in the Latvian capital to honor their compatriots who fought alongside the Nazis during WWII.
Despite the ban on May 9 celebrations, droves of Latvians nevertheless turned up to mark the historic day on Tuesday. Kucinski stated that the events passed relatively peacefully, and noted that the largest gatherings of people were at memorial sites in Salaspils and Daugavpils, where police had detained several people for launching fireworks.
According to Latvian news outlets, state police initiated 35 administrative violation proceedings and four criminal proceedings in connection with Victory Day celebrations on May 9. They also detained a total of 26 people.
Most of the cases involved the placement of flowers and symbols prohibited by the Latvian government, such as the St George ribbon, in places where dismantled Soviet monuments used to stand. Administrative violations were also filed for disobeying police.
Victory Day marks the day on which the remnants of the Nazi regime officially signed their unconditional surrender to the USSR and Allied forces at the end of World War II. Although the document was signed in Berlin on May 8, due to different time zones, Russia has historically celebrated the event on May 9, holding annual military parades to celebrate the victory of the Soviet forces, who did the lion’s share of the fighting in Europe during World War II at the cost of 8.7 million soldiers and up to 20 million civilian lives.
Latvia, along with its neighbors Estonia and Lithuania, were part of the Russian Empire from the late 18th Century until 1918, and part of the Soviet Union in 1940-41, and again between 1945 and 1991. The Baltic republics, however, view the Soviet period as an illegal occupation.
Originally published by Russia Today
Russia to protest to Poland over provocation against Russian diplomats on May 9 – MFA
Polish authorities have turned a blind eye to the provocation against Russian diplomats on May 9, so Moscow will make a firm protest to Warsaw over this situation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday,
The Foreign Ministry said that the crowd had not let the Russian diplomats walk through to the Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw to lay flowers and “thus disrupted the commemoration.”
“The Polish Foreign Ministry was in advance notified of the ceremony planned by the embassy. The Polish authorities, however, did not prevent the provocative actions of the ‘protesters.’ The Polish side will be strongly protested,” the ministry said.
“We consider this to be another manifestation of unfriendly attitude from the Polish side, and above all, to be an affront to the memory of more than 600,000 Soviet soldiers, who fell liberating Poland from the German occupation, and a failure to comply with obligations to prevent such incidents,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.
“The incident has once again shown the duplicity of Warsaw’s policy in evaluating the World War Two events and in attempting to drive into oblivion our nation’s role in saving European countries enslaved by Nazi Germany,” the statement states.
On Tuesday, an aggressive crowd did not let Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreyev and other Russian diplomats walk through to the Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw to lay wreaths at the monument.
Founded in 1950, the Soviet memorial cemetery, located on Zwirki i Wigury Street in the Polish capital, is the burial place of about 22,000 Soviet soldiers, who died liberating Poland from the Nazis. The memorial plaque says in two languages, ‘Eternal glory to the Soviet soldiers who fell liberating Poland from Nazi invaders in 1944-1945.’ In total, more than 600,000 Soviet soldiers were killed in the Polish territory during World War Two.
Originally published by TASS Russian News Agency