Moscow, March 20, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) strongly criticized the march of Waffen-SS veterans in central Riga, noting that it compromises the European Union.
"Not only does it compromise the EU but it also effectively forces the EU, a collective-responsibility organization, to assume responsibility for Waffen-SS activities, I am not even talking about NATO whose charter's clause five compels the bloc to provide military support to its members faced with a foreign threat," Boruch Gorin, head of the FJCR Public Relations Department, told Interfax-Religion.
What is happening is something "completely unreal, incredible for Europe which was the main victim of Nazism and its abettors, among whom were the very people in whose honor streets of Europe are now being named," Gorin said.
"In this sense Latvia is a special case because it is in Latvia that Waffen-SS marches are taking place year in, year out. But I would not say that the situation in Lithuania is much different in terms of the de-Nazification of society. We are seeing same processes everywhere: the heroization of murderers, streets being named after murderers, musicals being dedicated to murderers, and so on. This is a process that one would expect to die down over time but nothing of the kind [is happening]," Gorin said.
On March 16 several hundred people marched through the streets of Riga in memory of Latvian members of the Waffen SS legion.
The event also involved several parliamentarians from the far-right All For Latvia! - For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK alliance, including Imant Paradnieks, Raivis Dzintars, Janis Dombrava and Ejnars Cilinskis.