DISINFO: The EP allows the destruction of monuments to the fighters against Fascism
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DISINFO: The EP allows the destruction of monuments to the fighters against Fascism

SUMMARY

How could the members of the European Parliament sign a resolution, allowing the destruction of memorials, honouring the Soviet soldiers-liberators? The resolution is signed, it is not very surprising. The only way of preserving the memory of the fallen soldiers is to bring all the monuments to Russian territory, to stop the “barbarians” from desecrating the memories of generations. Reading this opus, one cannot avoid remembering the Anti-Comintern pact that served as the foundation for the Berlin – Rome – Tokyo axis. The signing “democrats” of the European Parlament are, by the way, undeterred by this analogy.

RESPONSE

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU and Russophobia. Contrary to the disinforming articles, the EP resolution acknowledges the context of the presence of monuments, glorifying totalitarian regimes:

The European Parliament (...) Notes that the continued existence in public spaces in some Member States of monuments and memorials (parks, squares, streets etc.) glorifying totalitarian regimes, which paves the way for the distortion of historical facts about the consequences of the Second World War and for the propagation of the totalitarian political system;

In a statement, the Press Office of the European Parliament elaborates on the resolution:

MEPs voice concern at the efforts of the current Russian leadership to whitewash crimes committed by the Soviet totalitarian regime and see them as a “dangerous component of the information war waged against democratic Europe”. They also condemn extremist and xenophobic political forces and organisations in Europe for distorting historical facts, and employing the symbolism and rhetoric of totalitarian propaganda, including racism, anti-Semitism and hatred towards sexual and other minorities.

The text of the resolution can be found here. Comparison between EP resolution and Rome-Berlin-Tokyo axis is unfounded and manipulative. The latter was a political and military agreement between Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan to secure their expansionist interests in the 1930s. See here for more details.

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