The JTA reports that the Duma, or lower house of the Russian Parliament, has passed a law that would punish historians who deny Nazi war crimes committed during WWII.
The law is widely regarded in Russia as a response to what many Russians believe to be the “rehabilitation of Nazism,” or the resurgence of the Nazi political agenda in states bordering Russia. Many Russians believe, including President Vladimir Putin, that Ukraine’s new government is at least partially dominated by neo-Nazi fascist parties, a belief that has prompted Russia to take unusually aggressive diplomatic and military interventions in Ukraine including the recent unilateral annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula.
“For us, the rehabilitation of Nazism will always be a crime against our country and our people. Rehabilitation of Nazism is not only a shot fired at the past and mocking millions of victims. It is also… instigation for new crimes against peace and security,” said head of the Lower House Committee for Security Irina Yarovaya, one of the main sponsors of the bill.
The law still needs to be approved by the legislative upper house in order to take effect.
(Aliza Levine – YWN)