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Friday, March 2, 2012

Russia's fury after neighbour Latvia plans to hold rally to commemorate SS

Russia today accused its tiny neighbour Latvia of making 'attempts to whitewash Hitler’s flunkeys' by allowing a parade which honours the role of the Baltic state’s veterans who fought for the Nazis in the Second World War.

In a furious outburst, Moscow accused the country’s president of seeking to 'justify the crimes' committed by 'collaborators' in the Latvian legion of the Waffen SS, and warned of the risk of 'glorification of the Nazi movement'.

The blast from the Russian foreign ministry against the EU and NATO state came after the go-ahead for an annual rally on March 16 to commemorate the 140,000-strong Latvian unit of Germany’s Waffen SS.

Latvian President Andris Berzins claimed the veterans deserved respect not condemnation, arguing that the Second World War recruits fought on the Nazi side in a bid to regain independence for their own country, which had been overrun by Stalin’s USSR.

'They were conscripted into the fascist German Legion. They went with the ideal of defending Latvia. Latvians in the Legion were not war criminals,' he said. Read More