RUSSIA TABLES IMPINGEMENT OF RUSSIAN-SPEAKERS' RIGHTS IN LATVIA AND ESTONIA TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

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MOSCOW, MARCH 23. (RIA NOVOSTI) -- Russia has tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Commission the question of impinging the rights of Russian speakers in Latvia and Estonia.

The Press and Information Board of the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Olga Gubanova, representing the Russian delegation at the Geneva session, noted that Moscow has repeatedly drawn the attention of the international community to the processes going on in Latvia and Estonia.

In those countries "the impingement of the rights of the Russian-speaking population continues according to the legislation", she said.

Moscow is also concerned over the attempts to rehabilitate the Nazis, which have become more frequent in Latvia in recent time. "Today we are especially concerned over the fact that in that country, which in a month will become a full-fledged member of the European Union, memorial events with the participation of Latvian officials are again being held to 'honour' the legionaries of the Latvian Nazi group Waffen SS, responsible for the death of thousands of people of different nationalities during the Second World War", Gubanova emphasised.

"The legitimate question arises: do they in Latvia remember the verdict of the international Nuremberg Tribunal, which recognised the SS as a criminal organisation?", she added.

The Russian chief delegate voiced doubt in the adherence of Latvian society to the fundamental human values because the so-called SS veteran groups openly "trample underfoot the values won at the price of millions of human lives".

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