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Russian Foreign Ministry condemns Armenia and praises Azerbaijan

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Although there have been no clear attempts to rehabilitate Nazism and neo-Nazi sentiments in Armenia, the former ruling Republican Party of Armenia has taken steps to perpetuate the memory of 'such an ambiguous nationalist politician as Garegin Nzhdeh, regarding whom there is information about his cooperation with the Third Reich.' This is stated in the report of the Russian Foreign Ministry 'On the situation with the glorification of Nazism, the spread of neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to the escalation of modern forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.'

Monument to Nazi collaborator Nzhdeh in downtown Yerevan

The report clarifies that among the political organisations of Armenia of the nationalist orientation, there is 'Sasna Tsrer,' registered as a political party in the autumn of last year. Its ideology is based on the refusal to recognise the Republic of Armenia as a 'spawn of a criminal Russian-Turkish conspiracy' (Moscow Treaty of 1921) and struggle for the 'creation of a new state.'

'The stated goals of the party are 'the creation of a new Armenia,' including both the current territory of the country and Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the unification of Armenians living outside their homeland through a national referendum. The party's program emphasises the task of restoring rights allegedly 'violated by Russian colonialism' and returning 'Armenian authority over Nakhchivan and west of the Akhuryan river,' the Russian Foreign Ministry points out.

The ministry reminds that in July 2016, the supporters of this party carried out an armed seizure of the building of a police regiment in Yerevan, as a result of which two policemen were killed. In the parliamentary elections in December last year, the party won 1.82% of the vote.

The chapter of the report devoted to Azerbaijan, in turn, says that the Republic of Azerbaijan has practically no manifestations of neo-Nazism, racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia. The leadership of Azerbaijan positions the country as a 'state of tolerant residence of representatives of various ethnicity and religions.'

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation emphasises that Azerbaijan, in questions of preserving the historical memory of the role of the Soviet people in the victory over Nazism, countering attempts to falsify the history of the Second World War and the glorification of Nazism, shares Russia's approach. Last year, Azerbaijan supported the resolution of the UN General Assembly 'Fight against the glorification of Nazism and other practices that contribute to the escalation of modern forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.'

The Russian ministry draws attention to the fact that committing a crime for reasons of ethnic, racial, religious hatred in accordance with the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan is considered as an aggravating circumstance when choosing a punishment.

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