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    MOSCOW, July 19 (RIA Novosti). The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry has spoken out against parades involving former SS officers in Estonia, a foreign affairs spokesman said Tuesday.

    On July 16, a parade was held in Tartu involving Estonian veterans of the Nazi Waffen-SS. The event was organized by the "Union of Freedom Fighters," which has members from the Baltic countries, Finland, Sweden, and Canada.

    "Russia has repeatedly expressed its disapproval of this event, which is regularly held in the Baltic States," the spokesman said. "It is all the more unacceptable because it is taking place within the EU, the members of which actively oppose all neo-fascist events and forbid the use of Nazi symbols."

    At the 61st session of the UN Committee for Human Rights (UNCHR), serious concerns were expressed over the rise in extremist movements and political parties provoking racism and xenophobia, and spreading the ideologies of fascism and racial supremacy.

    The spokesman said that 60 years after the end of fascism, the international community must not allow racism to emerge and attract the younger generation. He added that history severely punishes those who fail to learn from its lessons.

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