Comment by Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov on a planned neo-Nazi march in Sofia

Submitted on Tue, 02/10/2015 - 00:00

It is with grave concern and indignation that we have learned about plans by local nationalist radicals to hold another so-called Lukov March, named after a nefarious WWII character, the Bulgarian General Hristo Lukov known for his Nazi and anti-Semitic views, in the centre of the Bulgarian capital on February 14, 2015.

We believe that continued attempts, in this case in Bulgaria, to promote neo-Nazi and xenophobic ideas compounded with the use of Nazi attributes are a serious challenge to the civilisational foundations of the modern world order and an insult to the memory of Soviet soldiers who fell liberating Europe from Nazism and millions of civilian casualties.

It is especially outrageous that this provocation is planned to be held ahead of the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazism, which will be widely celebrated this year.

In connection with the planned march, the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has sent a note to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry citing the UN resolution on Combating Glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and Other Practices that Contribute to Fuelling Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance adopted at the 69th General Assembly, pointing to the inadmissibility of glorifying Nazis and their aiders and abettors and denouncing the attempts to decriminalise Nazi ideology and to review the decisions of the Nuremberg Trials, which have been sealed in the UN Charter.
We hope that the Bulgarian authorities will demonstrate political responsibility and prevent this neo-Nazi march.

February 10, 2015