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01 June 2023

Maria Zakharova: Glorification of Nazism has cross-border character

Today another briefing of the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova took place. Traditionally, the question was asked by the correspondent of The Moscow Post.

The first question of the journalist concerned the descent which passed in Poland called "A congress of People's Deputies".

"Whether the MFA of Russia can take the legislative initiative about deprivation of the Russian citizenship of the so-called "foreign agents" calling for extremism and terror. and also diversions in the territory of Russia?" — the journalist took an interest.

Maria Zakharova noted that in the legislative environment of the country there are already all necessary tools. According to the Constitution of the Russian Federation the citizen can't be deprived of nationality or the rights to change him. At the same time, decisions to basis questions of cancellation of nationality of our country are provided in the federal law "About Citizenship of the Russian Federation" of 2002.

For example, the decision on reception about in citizenship of Russia is subject to cancellation in case it is established that the decision is made on the basis of provided by the applicant of false documents or obviously false information. This fact has to be established in court. And the sentence which came into force concerning the person on a charge of commission of crimes of terrorism is also equated to the message of false data regarding the obligation to observe the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the Russian legislation.

The one more second question touched upon a subject of the resolution of the UN on fight against glorification of Nazism.

"What designates the term "thematic resolution" and in what an essence of amendment L-52 which kind of was "reason" of unusual vote? Why the first resolutions in fight against glorification of Nazism was accepted in 2005, and not earlier than?" — The Moscow Post asked.

Maria Zakharova: "Glorification of Nazism has cross-border character"

The thematic resolution is the document devoted to a concrete subject, the diplomat noted. In this case - on subject of rusofobiya, racial discrimination and so on. There are also country resolutions devoted to actions of the concrete states.

Russia within fight against glorification of Nazism worldwide annually submits for consideration of the UN General Assembly of the resolution on fight against this harmful phenomenon. For the first time the project was submitted for consideration in 2004 within the Commission on Human Rights, body which is a predecessor of Council of the UN for human rights.

Since 2005 this initiative became a subject of annual consideration of the United Nations General Assembly. It is the thematic resolution focused on dialogue and enjoys widespread support of partners of the Russian Federation. In the text there is no mention of any countries, in him problems and calls are only highlighted and also there are recommendations for their decision with the emphasis on the international cooperation. In 2021 at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in support of the resolution 130 states voted, 49 refrained, the USA and Ukraine acted against, 58 states acted as coauthors of an initiative.

The relevance of this initiative becomes more obvious because of the feeble efforts which became more frequent in recent years on promoting of Nazism and distribution of Nazism and also racism and xenophobia. In the document such phenomena as fight against monuments in honor of fighters against Nazism, whitewash of participants of the movement of those who cooperated with Nazis, the ban on use of symbolics and many other things are condemned.

On November 4 in New York the vote under the draft resolution of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on fight against glorification of Nazism took place. This project repeats the document which is earlier approved by the UN on December 16, 2021 after exclusively technical changes.

As for the "thrown" amendment a number of delegations, in it it is said that Russia allegedly uses a subject of fight against glorification of Nazism allegedly for justification of "the aggression against Ukraine" that indicates the destructive nature of actions of our country. In the Russian Foreign Ministry consider that the purpose of the amendment is to politize scope of fight against neo-nazism, xenophobia and racism. The amendment was adopted by 63 voices pro at 23 voices contra, 65 "refrained".

"The document was introduced by us in 2005, that is there passed 17 years. And we these 17 years "justified the aggression"? Strange logic if not to tell absurd" — Maria Zakharova said.

Initiators of the amendment didn't achieve a main goal - they didn't manage to break adoption of the resolution in which the countries of the UN gave an assessment to the concrete facts of glorification of Nazism. The document 105 states as a result voted pro, 52 delegations contra acted.

The Russian Foreign Ministry emphasizes that Russia is always ready to dialogue, discussion of any constructive ideas, but can't agree with offers which mention a being and the main orientations of the resolution. The problems designated in the document have cross-border character and touch upon a situation in many countries of the world.

Photo: Press Service of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation

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