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“The rehabilitation of fascism in the Baltic countries continues to be encouraged at the state level” — Elena Sutormina
Based on investigations by the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, the attitude towards Red Army veterans in the Baltic countries continues to deteriorate considerably
Over the past year, attitudes towards veterans who fought in the Red Army during World War II have considerably worsened in the Baltic states.
This is evidenced by the results of the annual thematic monitoring "Situation of veterans who fought in the ranks of the Soviet Army during the Second World War and live abroad," which is conducted by the analytical center “Security 2.0” under the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.
According to the information gained, the number of situations, where the bullying of former Red Army veterans in the Baltics was carried out, increased by 40 percent, while discrimination and violence increased by 70 and 30 percent respectively.
“Our monitoring showed that, unfortunately, our forecasts and fears have been confirmed. We recorded a serious deterioration in the situation in the Baltics in regard to veterans of the Great Patriotic War, who fought in the ranks of the Red Army, compared to last year. Bigotry and rehabilitation of fascism in these countries continue to be encouraged at the state level. Veterans have no allowances or benefits, what is more, the anti-Soviet “Forest Brothers” who fought against the Red Army together with the Nazis receive a monthly surcharge of $100,” said Elena Sutormina, Chair of the Civic Chamber Commission on Public Diplomacy, Humanitarian Cooperation and Maintenance of Traditional Values.
According to her, there is an increasing number of attacks from officials at various levels and social activists from these countries in regard to the events of the Second World War. “In particular, that the Soviet Union allegedly started this war, which, of course, totally contradicts the real historical facts.”
“The situation in Ukraine also raises concerns. Unfortunately, during our previous monitoring we identified a deterioration in the quality of life of veterans due to a rise in nationalist sentiments and the conflict with Russia, and this has remained on the same level,” she stated.
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