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Press release on the adoption by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session of a resolution on combatting the glorification of Nazism

On November 12, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session adopted during a meeting, held in New York, the resolution “Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” initiated by the Russian Federation. It was co-sponsored by 58 countries, including Russia. During the vote, 121 countries voted in favour, two delegations – the United States and Ukraine – voted against, and 53 countries abstained.

It is symbolic that the document was approved on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the verdict in the Nuremberg Trials which provided a fundamental assessment of the Nazi regime’s crimes and formalised the outcome of World War II. Furthermore, Nuremberg provided a definitive answer to the question of who acted as the force of good and who was on the side of evil during WWII.

Recalling the judgement of the Nuremberg Tribunal, the outcome documents of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (South Africa, 2001) and the Durban Review Conference (Geneva, April 2009), the resolution expresses serious concern over the rise of extremist movements and political parties promoting racism, ethnocentrism and xenophobia, and spreading fascist and racial supremacy ideologies.

The resolution condemns the glorification of the Nazi movement and the former members of the Waffen SS organisation, including by erecting monuments and memorials, holding public demonstrations in the name of the glorification of the Nazi past, the Nazi movement and neo-Nazism. The document places special emphasis on the fact that erecting monuments to Waffen SS members, holding marches and other similar actions does injustice to the memory of the countless victims of fascism, negatively influences children and young people and is incompatible with the obligations of States Members of the United Nations.

In addition, the resolution stresses that such actions cannot be viewed as exercising the rights to peaceful assembly, association and expression, but constitute a clear and manifest abuse of these rights. Moreover, the General Assembly believes that these acts may fall under the purview of Article 4 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which requires all its state parties prosecute such acts as criminal offences.

One provision in the resolution’s operative part has special importance. It expresses “deep concern about increased frequency of attempts and activities intended to desecrate or demolish monuments erected in remembrance of those who fought against Nazism during the Second World War, as well as to unlawfully exhume or remove the remains of such persons.” In addition, this paragraph urges states to “fully comply with their relevant obligations, inter alia, under article 34 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions of 1949.”

The document, as adopted by the Third Committee, also addresses the issue of declaring or attempting to declare former Nazis, members of the Waffen SS organisation and “those who fought against the anti-Hitler coalition, collaborated with the Nazi movement” participants in national liberation movements.

Furthermore, the resolution mentions several recommendations by the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on contemporary forms of racism, as contained in the rapporteur’s reports to the General Assembly. In this connection, it is important to note the Special Rapporteur’s conclusions that revising history is unacceptable, and on the importance of history classes in teaching the dramatic events and human suffering which arose out of the adoption of ideologies such as Nazism and Fascism. Equally important is the conclusion that any public events, both official and informal ones, celebrating former Waffen SS members must be legally banned. This year’s resolution requests that the Special Rapporteur pay particular attention when making future reports to the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly to specific facts on the glorification of Nazism and former Waffen SS members and any such manifestations, including marches and erecting monuments to former SS members.

The fact that the United States and Ukraine again voted against this document, while delegations of EU member states abstained during the vote is hard to understand and is highly regrettable. An overwhelming majority of UN member states voted in favour.

We do hope that the adoption of this resolution sends a clear signal to countries where decisive action to counter the increasingly frequent attempts to glorify Nazism, including Waffen SS veterans and various kinds of collaborationists, is long overdue.

We invite everyone to read the latest Foreign Ministry report on the glorification of Nazism. It is available on the Foreign Ministry website and discusses concrete facts and trends regarding this subject.




09.01.2022 - Press release on the situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan, January 8, 2022

Following the events on January 5-6, the situation in the country is gradually improving. Economic activities in the republic are returning to normal. Passenger train services have been restored in full, and additional trains were rolled out to serve the most popular destinations. The operation of some of the national payment systems has stabilised. It has been announced that state support will be provided for small and medium-sized businesses that suffered from looting. Public transport has resumed operation in the Mangystau Region as well as at Aktau International Airport.

06.01.2022 - Foreign Ministry statement on the CSTO Collective Security Council’s decision to send CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan

On January 6, 2022, the CSTO Collective Security Council, which comprises heads of state and government of CSTO member states, in response to the request by President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, made a decision to send CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan for a limited period of time, with the aim of stabilising and normalising the situation in the country.

29.12.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a meeting of the of the United Russia Commission on International Cooperation and Support for Compatriots Living Abroad, Moscow, December 28, 2021

Friends, colleagues, I am delighted to welcome all of you to the commission’s first meeting. Established under President Vladimir Putin’s instructions, the commission’s main purpose is to support the Russian Federation in carrying out its foreign policy, primarily on foreign policy matters set forth in United Russia’s People’s Programme.

20.12.2021 - Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko’s interview published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta on December 20, 2021

Question: Mr Grushko, discussions of the action plan regarding NATO’s expansion, which Russia has proposed to Washington, are ongoing. You have mentioned a “military-technical alternative,” if NATO rejects Moscow’s proposals. What do you have in mind? Alexander Grushko: If our concerns are disregarded and NATO countries are not ready to show military restraint, we will have to use the response instruments at our disposal. There is no other option. If the other side decides to project, let alone use force, that is, if it applies its defence capability as a means of economic or political pressure, this will be unacceptable to Russia, and we will find methods to neutralise these threats.

20.12.2021 - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s interview with Interfax News Agency, December 18, 2021

The security situation in Europe, the Euro-Atlantic region and Eurasia has indeed greatly deteriorated recently. This has happened because of a series of concerted actions by the United States and its NATO allies, which, generally speaking, can be described as an attempt to undermine Russia’s security and to create a hostile environment around us. We cannot accept this.

18.12.2021 - Press release on the outcome of the seventh round of negotiations to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

On December 17, a meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA closed the seventh round of Vienna talks on restoring the full implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal. The participants noted that significant progress had been made, which paved the way for the next stage. The delegations will hold further consultations in their capitals.

18.12.2021 - Foreign Ministry statement on the withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the Treaty on Open Skies

As of December 18, 2021, the Russian Federation is no longer a party to the Treaty on Open Skies (Treaty) and has consequently ceased to be a member of the group of States Parties stipulated in its provisions.

17.12.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Russia’s reciprocal list of British citizens denied entry to the Russian Federation

We consider London’s latest unfounded anti-Russian attack to be practical confirmation of the British government’s intention to continue its destructive course in bilateral affairs. We are forced to state that the British authorities’ consistent efforts to ratchet up sanctions completely undermine Russia’s attempts at various levels to put interstate relations back on a constructive track.

17.12.2021 - Press release on Russian draft documents on legal security guarantees from the United States and NATO

During the December 15, 2021 meeting at the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US party received a draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on security guarantees and an agreement on measures to ensure the security of the Russian Federation and member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

16.12.2021 - Foreign Ministry Statement

The Russian side strongly believes that the guilty verdict brought in by the German court against the citizen of the Russian Federation Vadim Sokolov on December 15 in the case of the murder of Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, former terrorist gang leader in the North Caucasus, in Berlin on August 23, 2019, is extremely biased and is clearly a case of an explicit political put-up job. We insist that the Russian citizen is innocent. He has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Germany against the unjust verdict.

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