MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) – Members of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus approved the bill to prevent the rehabilitation of Nazism at a meeting of the fifth session on 21 April, BelTA has learned.
“This bill is a part of the set of measures meant to nip such activities in the bud. Everyone should understand that in the current situation, manifestations of Nazism are an element of the war against the Republic of Belarus. It is called a hybrid or information war, but its main aim is to seize power and destroy independent Belarus,” Belarus' Prosecutor General Andrei Shved said.
According to him, emergence of neo-Nazi organizations is one of the signs that the processes that started in August 2020 are radicalizing. “To ensure social security and stability in the country, our sacred duty is to cut short any manifestations of Nazism and to prevent any attempts to rehabilitate Nazi criminals,” Andrei Shved noted.
Until recently, we could not have imagined that we would have to prevent and curb activities related to Nazism and far right ideas here, in the country that was soaked in blood and practically turned into a giant concentration camp during the Great Patriotic War, Andrei Shved stressed. “Unfortunately, our opponents, who are still trying to destabilize and radicalize the situation in Belarus in the most dishonorable way, are involving supporters of Nazi and far right ideas in their activities, including the coup attempt. The statistics show a clear trend: in the past years, only several people were charged with propaganda of Nazism, while last year there were 88 of them, 12-14 times as many. Last year, 72 members of Nazi and far fight groups were convicted of crimes,” he stressed.
Andrei Shved believes that it is important to step up work with young generations to make them remember what happened in Belarus during the war. “We even opened a criminal on the genocide of the Belarusian nation. As soon as we forget this, such things will happen again. Developments in some other countries have already demonstrated it,” he noted.
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