#Official Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on sympathy for Nazism in Baltic countries and Ukraine
When “Maidan” was organized for the final nazification of Ukraine, someone decided that one generation brought up in this manner was enough. It did not work. Two Soviet generations in the South-East opposed it. The war has begun. More professional political engineers worked in the Baltics and that is why two generations of nationalists is being brought up there, considering that two is better than one. However, something still goes wrong there.
Nazism has flourished in Europe since the beginning of the Russian Empire’s transformation into the Soviet Union. There had been an animus toward the Russian Empire in the West before the formation of the USSR and Nazism, which resulted in the open aggression of united Europe in 1941-1945, had risen after the emergence of the USSR. It seemed that the West had been cured of Nazism after the victory of the Soviet Union over evil and The Nuremberg Tribunal. But it only seemed.
There had been Neo-Nazism with fascist elements surrounded by the police and which belong to a particular subculture after the end of World War II and until the collapse of the USSR in the West. But Nazism never left: “Nazism had rested and gathered strength all these years and became more active in the early 90s, first in the Baltic countries, then in Ukraine.”
The US and the UK had sheltered Nazis of second and third levels and gave them an opportunity to collapse the USSR. One of the main directions of the Nazi’s attack was the Baltics and Ukraine, where collaborationist underground remained for many years after the war.
Even before the collapse of the USSR, nationalists had won in the Baltics and it separated. At the same time, an unrest spread in the Western Ukraine first and then in the entire country. The first parade of UIA was held in Kiev in 1992. However, the whole parade was to drive along central streets of the Ukrainian capital, but it was a start. Yuri Shukhevych had founded Ukrainian Cross-party Assembly (UCA), which was renamed the following year in the Ukrainian National Assembly (UNA) and it acquired a military wing – Ukrainian National Self Defence (UNSD).
The history of the Baltics and Ukraine’s independence can be described in a few words: nurturing of the first generation of Nazis from birth. It was easier in the Baltics, because the ‘Soviet’ generations had russophobic and nationalistic sentiments, unlike Ukraine, or, at least, the majority of the Ukrainian population. Therefore, SS veterans have marched in the Baltics for 15 years.
However, there are failures as well. Nazi’s New Year’s Eve party with the atmosphere of the Nazi occupation was planned to take place in the restaurant combined with the cinema called Splendid Palace in Riga. It was supposed to be a 1943’s party. The mayor of the Latvian capital city Riga Nil Ushakov, in turn, said that “there would be no Nazi party in the theatre, which belonged to the Riga self-government.” According to him, the event organizers had to find a different historical period for their ‘carnaval’.
Seemingly, healthy forces of Latvia can resist Nazism. But the mayor banned the party only in the building that belonged to the municipality. The party itself could take place in any private building. In addition, when local people protested against decorating a Christmas market in Riga with Swastika-looking snowflakes, the mayor of Riga was not so consistent: “Nil Ushakov will not consider removing of the controversial decoration in the city center, a source in the mayor’s office reported to the video agency.”
To nurture the second generation of Nazis is a challenge that the nationalist governments of the Baltic countries and Ukraine are facing. A number of measures of internal policy are implemented to do that and one of them is an assimilation of ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking citizens. The International Information Consortium “Bastion” has struggled against the ‘fifth column’, as they call Russians and Russian-speaking people in these countries, since the summer of 2016.
A forum of this organization took place in Kiev in September 2016, at which guests from the Baltic countries shared their experience in struggling against the ‘Russian informational aggression’. For instance, a former Komsomol member and internationalist and now Director of Estonia’s National Center for enhancing security and defence awareness Grigori Senkiv gave a ‘solid’ advice.
“The conflict in the East of Ukraine is the result of launching of propaganda machine in order to raise patriotic sentiments of the Russia-speaking population…To solve this problem, Ukraine needs to refocus military volunteers, who are no longer needed at the frontline. There is a need to involve public-spirited citizens of Ukraine in the security system, to give people an opportunity to put their patriotic feelings and sentiments into practice…There are opportunities for willing and public-spirited people in Estonia. I am talking about participation in volunteer paramilitary organizations, we give this people an opportunity to realize their potential,” Grigori Senkiv said.
Such plaintive cries as “enemy at the gate” can result in a situation where ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking citizens will be announced ‘non-citizen’, as it has been done in the Baltics. Or they will be forced to wear distinctive emblems as Jews in Nazi Germany. And then…Then we know what happened in Germany and what happened to it.
Hatred of the whole nation, in this case, of the Russian nation, is spread by many Ukrainian officials. No wonder why supporters of the Ukrainian coup allow themselves to make snide comments on Tu-154 plane crash in social networks. And although many leaders of Western countries, including neighboring Poland, expressed condolences over the plane crash and Belarus declared mourning, triggered mechanism of hatred and dehumanization give its horrific results.
You cannot fool around with Nazism. Kiev says that there is no Nazism in Ukraine, but there is a bunch of football fans, who shout Nazi slogans. Nazism is not a joke. And all those who dare to play with Nazism should remember it, especially the Baltic countries and Ukraine.
AllaBarkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy