Sunday, May 17, 2009
Moscow News - Comment - War thought-crimes:
"..........Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 some of the former-Soviet republics adopted a pro-Western stance,....
Moscow has repeatedly expressed disdain for such actions and statements, speaking out against the rehabilitation of Nazism and protesting the removal of Soviet war monuments from former Soviet territory, most notably that of the Bronze Soldier in the Estonian capital of Tallinn.
In February, Emergency Situations Minister and United Russia co-leader Sergei Shoigu proposed making the denial of the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War illegal, emulating Holocaust denial laws in Eastern Europe.
......... the crime was defined as rehabilitating Nazism. Those found guilty would face heavy fines and up to three years in jail (up to five years should they employ media outlets to spread their soon-to-be-illegal ideas). The bill could be adopted as a new article in the Penal Code as soon as late June.
....punishable offenses will include ... labelling the actions of the allies against the Nazi aggressors as 'criminal,' and 'belittling the role of the Soviet Union in the anti-Hitler coalition.'
This law will not only apply to Russian citizens on Russian territory, but to foreign citizens as well, who will be declared persona non grata if found in violation of the law. Even former Soviet republics could suffer the consequences if they challenge Russia's interpretation of World War II history - their ambassadors will be banished and all diplomatic relations will be severed.
...Seventy seven percent of (Russians)polled a believe that the Soviet Union freed Eastern European countries from Nazi occupation, enabling them to live freely and develop, (ratyher than that) Soviets basically replaced one totalitarian regime with another. the former.
.., the majority of the Russian population is clearly in favour of outlawing the denial of the Soviet victory, but it also found that those younger and with a higher level of education were more likely to dissent. Fifty percent of respondents younger than 44 supported criminalizing challenges of the Soviet victory, while for the older generation this figure was over 70 percent.
Maybe Chaney needs a new job?
Posted by SM Schwartz at 9:56 PM