Disinfo: Nazi ideology is on the rise again in a number of OSCE participating states


The propaganda of Nazi ideas and values ​​is openly carried out, national radicals are raising their heads, attempts to split society along ethnic and linguistic lines are intensifying in a number of OSCE participating states.

So, in Estonia, gatherings of admirers of the Estonian servicemen of the 20th Waffen-SS division are held. In Riga, every year on March 16, marches of SS legionnaires and their young radical supporters are held. Similar processions are organized in Lithuania. The Ukrainian government also funds “military-patriotic” camps for young people under the auspices of ultra-right groups. In addition, there are over 900 different “hate groups” operating in the United States.

It is also significant that Ukraine and the United States are the only states that annually vote against UN General Assembly resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to link the Baltic countries and Ukraine with NazismFascism, and anti-Semitism. The accusation of Nazism is a popular propaganda technique used by pro-Kremlin outlets. Read more:  Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest.

The UN General Assembly resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism was presented by the Russian Federation and was opposed by the delegations of the US and Ukraine because of its attempts to legitimatize Russian Federation disinformation narratives. "The United States has voted against each new version of this draft resolution since 2005 to protect against unacceptable restrictions on freedom of expression", according to the transcript of the meeting. The representative of Ukraine said that Ukraine condemned all forms of Nazism and neo-Nazism, racism, xenophobia and related intolerance. However, the draft resolution has nothing in common with the fight against Nazism; the penholder attempts to monopolize the victory over the Nazis in pursuit of political interests.

See similar disinformation cases such as Europe is becoming Nazi againBaltic states openly glorify Nazism, Poles are stoking nationalist sentiment in Ukraine in order to annex Lviv and the EU continues aggressive policies of Nazi Germany.


  • Reported in: Issue 214
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania
  • Keywords: OSCE, Nazi/Fascist, Baltic states


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