- Hans Weber
- March 1, 2024
Russia accuses the Czech Republic of disseminating neo-Nazism, racism and xenophobia – no word on whether there is a plan to “de-Nazify” the country as they claim to do in Ukraine
The TASS agency reported yesterday that the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation has accused different European states of distorting history, heroizing Nazism, and spreading neo-Nazism, racism and xenophobia, with the most dangerous situation in this regard arising around the issue of Ukraine in the Baltic states, the Czech Republic and Poland, which are opposed to Russian foreign policy. “Prague has been acting as an attorney for Kyiv from the beginning of Russia’s special military operation to de-Nazify and demilitarize Ukraine and is supplying it with different types of weapons,” the Russian diplomats write in the introduction to the document reproaching the Czech authorities for “supporting neo-Nazi forces beyond the borders of Czechia.”
“This line of action is continuing even after Czechia’s presidency of the European Union began,” the report states. It also criticizes what it calls “cynical combat against the legacy of Soviet memorials”, giving the example of the removal of a statue of the Soviet General Ivan Konev from a Prague square, which took place in 2020.
The report also alleges that “in many countries the campaign to distort history and falsify the role of the Soviet Union in the victory over Nazism has intensified” and that the “aggressors who unleashed that war and the authors of the ideology of racial purity are being cynically confused with the state that faced them down.” According to Moscow, such comparisons between the Nazi and the Soviet regimes then become attempts to place all responsibility for the Second World War on the USSR.
The Russian Federation has long been quite sensitive to any commemoration of the fact that on 17 September 1939, the USSR joined Nazi Germany’s attack on Poland in accordance with an agreement concluded in August 1939 with Nazi Germany, as a consequence of which the Baltic states were occupied by the USSR. Previously, even Russian President Vladimir Putin himself has condemned that agreement, which is sometimes referred to as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact after the then-foreign ministers of the USSR and Nazi Germany.
Currently, however, under the pretext of “de-Nazifying” the Kyiv regime, Putin has ordered the invasion of Ukraine by Russian soldiers and unleashed the biggest ground conflict in Europe since the Second World War, resulting in tens of thousands of dead and millions of refugees. Kyiv and the West are condemning Russia’s attack as one of aggression unprovoked by any cause, and the West is aiding Ukraine with military and other assistance and has imposed sanctions on the Russian Federation.