Statement by MFA of the Russian Federation

Submitted on Thu, 03/15/2012 - 23:00

On 16 March 2012 a march of Hitler's accomplices from the Latvian Volunteer SS Legion took place in Riga and a rally at a cemetery in Lestene was held with participation of deputies of the Sejm (Parliament) from the ruling coalition.

The odious manifestations of legionaries responsible for numerous crimes took place against the background of a large-scale propaganda campaign initiated by the Latvian authorities and intended to whitewash these so-called "fighters for Latvian freedom". The glaring attempt to revise the truth about Nazis atrocities and decisions of the Nuremberg Tribunal which condemned members of the SS can not but cause outrage.

We believe that connivance by the Latvian authorities to former legionaries and desire to revise history should be adequately addressed by the international community.