December 24, 2010 — Contents

FRIDAY DECEMBER 24 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  Resurgent McCain blasts Russia

(2)  EDITORIAL:  A Vacation in the Country for Moscow Seniors?

(3)  EDITORIAL:  Walmart to Russia — Drop Dead!

(4)  Documenting Vote Fraud in Neo-Soviet Russia

(5)  Kashin Speaks

(6)  Shenderovich on Putin-King

(7)  Annals of the Neo-Soviet Crackdown on Art

NOTE:  LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment on the powerful American Thinker blog exposes the neo-Soviet Kremlin’s attack on the next Khodorkovsky, attorney Alexei Navalny.

NOTE:  Nearly half our content today, items 5-7, was written by Russians.  All required reading!

NOTE:  The staff of La Russophobe wishes all our readers and contributors a very merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

6 responses to “December 24, 2010 — Contents

  1. Vilnius. Six ex-communist EU nations Tuesday urged Brussels to push for a bloc-wide ban on denial of the crimes of their region’s old regimes, saying the victims had been forgotten by western countries.

    “The principle of justice should assure a just treatment of the victims of every totalitarian regime,” the foreign ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania said in a letter obtained by AFP.

    In the letter to Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner, they said “public condoning, denial and gross trivialisation of totalitarian crimes” should be criminalised whatever the regime responsible.

    Holocaust-denial is already banned in many EU nations, but the six nations want such legislation to go beyond the crimes of Nazi Germany to cover those of the Soviet Union and its satellite regimes.

    “The denial of every international crime should be treated according to the same standards, to prevent favourable conditions for the rehabilitation and rebirth of totalitarian ideologies,” the letter said.
    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis, who masterminded the call, told AFP the EU should take the concerns of its new member states into account.

    “Everybody knows about the crimes of Nazism, but only part of Europe is aware of the crimes of communism,” he added.
    He acknowledged that an EU-wide ban on denying communist crimes was unlikely soon, but said the letter was an “alarm bell” for Brussels.
    Earlier this year, Lithuania banned the denial of both regimes’ crimes.

    The Baltic nation of 3.3 million, which joined the EU in 2004, was a World War II battleground.

    It was seized by the Soviets under a 1939 pact with the Nazis, and tens of thousands of Lithuanians were deported to Siberia and Central Asia, or killed.

    The Nazis invaded in 1941 after turning against the Soviets. Their occupation saw the near-total destruction of Lithuania’s 200,000-strong Jewish community by German troops and local collaborators.

    The Soviets returned in 1944, and again cracked down.

    Lithuania estimates that its population was reduced by one-third over five decades of Soviet rule which ended 1991.

    • The Nazi whitewash http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/sep/28/eric-pickles-tories-latvia-nazi

      I can’t believe Eric Pickles supports Latvia’s ‘For Fatherland and Freedom’ party, which wants to rewrite a murderous history
      Efraim Zuroff
      guardian.co.uk, Monday 28 September 2009 11.35

      The sight of SS veterans marching down the main avenue of the capital city of a member of Nato and the European Union is hardly a sight to bring joy to the heart of a British political leader. Yet just a few days ago, Conservative chairman Eric Pickles saw fit in an interview on Radio 4 to rush to the defence of the Latvian “For Fatherland and Freedom” party which is among the staunchest supporters of precisely such an event that takes place annually in Riga every 16 March.

      The simple explanation is the hackneyed cliche that politics makes strange bedfellows, and that Pickles felt obliged to defend his new partners in the European Conservatives and Reformists group of the European parliament in Strasbourg. In reality, however, Pickles’s knee-jerk response is probably the product of sheer ignorance of the world-view of his Latvian political allies and their distorted perceptions of the history of the second world war, which no mainstream British political leader could possibly support.

      The controversy over the annual march of the Latvian-SS Legion veterans in Riga has been raging since Latvia regained independence in 1991. Its supporters claim that the men in the Legion were soldiers who only fought against the Soviets and had no connection to SS crimes. They viewed their service as helping to defend Latvia and did so for positive patriotic reasons and not out of loyalty to Nazi Germany. Yet while it is true that the Legion as such did not participate in Holocaust crimes, many of its men were active participants in the mass murder of Jews before the Legion was established in early1943. By this point, practically all of Latvia’s 70,000 Jews, as well as most of the approximately 20,000 Central European Jews deported to Riga and many tens of thousands of Jews in Belarus, had been murdered by members of Latvian security police units, many of whom subsequently volunteered to join the Legion, among them numerous men from the infamous Arajs Kommando, one of the most notorious Nazi death squads.

      As far as the motives of those joining the Legion, a third volunteered (the rest were drafted) to fight for a victory of Nazi Germany and its totalitarian regime, which would have had unimaginably horrific consequences for the future of Europe. And while these Latvians might have thought that they were fighting for Latvian independence, their German masters had no such intentions, making their service on their behalf even more reprehensible.

      The obsession of “For Fatherland and Freedom” to pay public homage to the Latvian-SS Legion in contradiction to all historical logic and sensitivity to Nazi crimes is not a product of ostensibly harmless nostalgia as Pickles would have us believe, but part of a rather insidious plan to gain recognition for a perversely distorted version of European history which will officially equate Communism with Nazism. In practical terms, this will transform those eastern European nations that had a high percentage of Nazi collaborators from perpetrator-helpers of a genuine genocide to victims of a tragedy posing as a genocide. It will also help them cover up their role in Holocaust crimes and failure since independence to prosecute their own Nazi war criminals.

      The manifesto of this movement, the Prague Declaration of June 2008, warns that “Europe will not be united unless it is able to reunite its history [and] recognise communism and Nazism as a common legacy”. Resolutions in this spirit which call for a joint commemoration day (23 August) for the victims of Communism and Nazism are only the beginning of a campaign to rewrite the history of the second world war in a way that will whitewash the villains, dishonour the victims, and rob the heroes of their well-deserved pride.

      I cannot believe that Pickles and the Conservative party really support such nonsense.

  2. Poland criticises Russia Kaczynski plane crash report

    Polish PM Donald Tusk has criticised an investigation by Russia into a deadly plane crash which killed the country’s president in April.

    He said it was “unacceptable” and some conclusions “without foundation”.

    Russia recently handed Poland a draft report of the incident after months of investigation, though it has not been made public.

    Former President Lech Kaczynski and other senior officials were among 96 people killed in the crash.

    The plane came down near the western Russian town of Smolensk.

    ‘Without foundation’
    Without revealing details of the report, Mr Tusk said it did not comply fully with the Chicago Convention which regulates international air travel.

    “From the Polish point of view, the draft report from the Russian side as it has been sent is without question unacceptable,” he said in televised comments to reporters in Brussels.

    “This negligence and mistakes or lack of positive reaction to what Poland has been asking for, all these things allow us to say that some of the report’s conclusions are without foundation,” he added.

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Poland last week and reiterated a promise to cooperate over the crash investigation.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12020927

    Poland’s first couple – along with other leading political and military figures – were on their way to a memorial ceremony for the World War II Katyn massacre when their plane crashed in poor weather on 10 April.

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was praised for his sensitive handling of the situation in the aftermath of the crash, which killed all those on board

  3. Reading between the lines! it looks like Russia does definitely not want anyone flying to their country for a memorial service to commemorate in any way the atrocity that his ‘darling NKVD’ – the fore runner to the KGB, FSB – carried out on those 20 000 Polish Officers etc, at Katyn and other places by murdering them in cold blood.

    Putin most probably wants the idiots in the free world to think that the NKVD was a kind and gentle organization that helped old ladies, to cross the road by leading them gently by the hand rather then being the murderous and butchering henchmen that they actually were and who murdered in the 10’s of millions all in the name of soviet communism.

    I mean how dare they come to his beloved homeland to have a memorial service for these Polish Officers, etc, when they actually were murdered by those ‘fascist’ Germans!! LOL.

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