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Tonight at the Kremlin Vladimir Putin received members of the European Jewish Congress Executive. In his opening speech, the President pointed out the important role the group plays in preserving memories of the Nazis’ victims.
Putin noted with regret that some manifestations of xenophobia still exist in Russia, adding that law enforcement authorities are actively fighting this phenomenon. The President also touched upon developments in FSU countries.
Vladimir Putin: Latvian and Estonian authorities are openly conspiring to glorify the Nazis and their accomplices. The European Union, however, has failed to take note of these facts. Since Estonia declared independence it has not prosecuted a single Nazi war criminal. In Latvia every March 16, officials allow neo-Nazi marches commemorating the “anniversary” of the founding of the Latvian Legion Waffen-SS.
Putin also mentioned Ukraine, where there are ongoing attempts to rehabilitate members of organizations that fought for the fascists during WWII. He called upon the EU to counteract these manifestations more effectively.