Lithuania only seeks Nazism and Communism be judged equally

August 6, 2007 at 2:51 pm 1 comment

Totalitarian regimesAccording to BNS the MP Emanuaelis Zingeris clarified that Lithuania is not negotiating the issuing in the name of the European Union a collective bill to Russia for the damages done during the times of occupation but only seeks that totalitarian ideologies — Nazism and Communism — be judged equally.

However the Russian news agency Regnum has presented Lithuania’s initiative as a start of an official dialogue with the European Union on judgment of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century as negotiation of issuing a collective bill to Moscow in the name of Brussels.

Zingeris told to the BNS that Lithuania expects to have it fixed in the minds of the Europeans that Communism equals Nazism, and while Nazism has been condemned on the EU level and negation of this totalitarian ideology is punishable, then Communism has yet to be given proper assessment.

The parliamentarian stated that “We see it in a much wider sense than merely issuing a bill. We are concerned that new citizens of the EU should be able to recognize the markings of dictatorships past. We want to refresh the memories of Communist crimes for the French, the English, the German. And Russians have ‘driven’ development of the everyday EU reality towards dealings with them [Moscow].”

Lithuania has estimated the damages of the 50 years of Soviet occupation to total 80 billion litas (EUR 23 billion).

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Poland, Politics, Russia, Totalitarian regimes.

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