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    Moscow has protested against the distortion of history and attempts to conceal the truth regarding Nazi crimes, including the Holocaust, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW, December 13 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow has protested against the distortion of history and attempts to conceal the truth regarding Nazi crimes, including the Holocaust, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

    A conference on the Holocaust, the genocide of millions of Jews during World War II, was held in Tehran December 11-12 under the auspices of the Iranian Foreign Ministry. The organizers have called into question the reality of the Holocaust.

    The decision to hold the conference was made following statements by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who promised to wipe Israel off the map and called the Holocaust "a myth."

    Commenting on the event, spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said: "Russia shares the UN General Assembly's determination not to admit the denial of the Holocaust."

    He said Russia was a co-author of last year's UN General Assembly resolution that declared January 27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

    "We support the efforts of state and public organizations to draft educational programs designed to prevent genocide in the future," he added.

    Kamynin said Russia condemns previous statements by the Iranian leadership contesting Israel's right to exist and calling in question the number of Jews killed during WWII.

    Ahmadinejad also proposed that countries that feel a sense of guilt over the deaths of Jews turn over some of their territory to Israel to resolve the Palestinian problem.

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