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    NATO Film Glorifying 'Remnants' of Nazi Troops in Baltics 'Brazen' - Deputy PM

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    Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin strongly condemned on Tuesday the NATO-made short film about anti-Soviet resistance in the Baltic states after the World War II, noting that the attempt to glorify people who served in Nazi battalions during the war and killed Soviet soldiers was absolutely "brazen."

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, NATO published a documentary film on YouTube entitled "Forest Brothers — Fight for the Baltics." The film depicted the guerrilla groups who fought against Soviet government for the independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania between 1944 and 1953 as heroes. The creators of the video said that the anti-Russia spirit of the "forest brothers" still remained among the special armed forces of the these Baltic states.

    "When I worked as [Russia’s] permanent representative to NATO, you did not dare to do such things. You have become completely brazen now," Rogozin said in his Twitter.

    He pointed out that the film showed the NATO’s support for Nazi ideals.

    "The NATO’s film about ‘the Forest Brothers,’ killing our soldiers, proves that we witness NATO as successors of Hitler's remnants," Rogozin said.

    ​Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also criticized NATO's film. In her reaction, Zakharova called on the international society, which was not indifferent to careful approaches to tragic pages of the history, to properly assess "NATO's disgusting action." She added that such actions intended to undermine the results of the Nuremberg war crimes trial.

    The so-called Forest Brothers actively fought against the Soviet government after the Second World War on the territory of the current Baltic states. Many of them previously served in the ranks of local Nazi battalions.


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