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2019.09.19 16:00

EP calls to counter Russia's attempts to whitewash Soviet crimes and rewrite history

BNS, LRT.lt2019.09.19 16:00

The European Parliament called on the European Commission on Thursday to counter Russia's attempts to whitewash crimes committed by the Soviet regime.

In a resolution adopted to mark the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, European lawmakers said Moscow's attempts to whitewash Soviet crimes are a "dangerous component of the information war waged against democratic Europe," and is also preventing Russia's "development into a democratic state".

In the resolution, the European Parliament called on the European Commission to take decisive measures, including providing "effective support for projects of historic memory [...] and remembrance of the victims of totalitarianism".

The EP resolution also condemned "historical revisionism and the glorification of Nazi collaborators in some EU member states".

The resolution also said that "although the crimes of the Nazi regime were evaluated and punished by means of the Nuremberg trials, there is still an urgent need to raise awareness and carry out moral and legal assessments of the crimes of communist dictatorships".

The European Parliament adopted the resolution 535 votes in favor, 66 against, and 52 abstentions.

One of the resolution's authors, Lithuanian MEP Rasa Juknevičiene said this resolution is "meant for the future and for the younger generation [so that the] history never repeats itself, and Europe's remaining dividing lines finally disappear".