Russia attacks OSCE Vilnius resolution

  • 2009-07-09
  • TBT Staff

Stalin remains a popular figure in Russia.

VILNIUS - The Russian Foreign Ministry has blasted the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) recently passed Vilnius resolution over a section equating the crimes of Nazi and Stalinist regimes.

The Vilnius resolution was passed on July 3 following the first ever OSCE session held in the Baltics.

Lithuania and Slovenia -- both former communist states -- were the driving forces behind the resolution.

"We consider unacceptable the fact that in the OSCE's parliamentaryassembly resolution there is an attempt to distort history withpolitical goals," AFP quoted the Russian foreign ministry's spokesman AndreiNesterenko as saying.

"This does not contribute to creating an atmosphere oftrust and cooperation between the member states of this body," he added.

Though Russian representatives walked out on the vote, it was overwhelmingly passed by the 56 nation organization.

The resolution said 20th-century Europe had faced "two major totalitarianregimes, the Nazi and the Stalinist, which brought genocide, violations of humanrights and freedoms, war crimes and crimes against humanity."

It urged all OSCE members to take a "united stand against all totalitarianrule from whatever ideological background" and slammed the "glorification oftotalitarian regimes, including the holding of public demonstrations glorifyingthe Nazi or Stalinist past."