Speech by the First Deputy Chairman of the CPRF Central Committee, Vice-Chairman of the State Duma Ivan Melnikov at the regular session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on June 21, 2010
"Anti-communism poisons Europe!" Dear President, dear colleagues!
I would like to draw your attention to the facts that are absolutely intolerable at the modern stage of mankind development. The anti-communist hysteria has embraced a number of European countries.
The governments of
Today I have to say about the issue in the heart of Europe, in
All left-wing forces in Europe, and primarily of course,
One cannot but resent the fact of adoption by a number of European countries of laws or amendments to laws that prohibit the communist symbols, suspend the activities of communist youth organizations, as happened, for example, in the
All this is frank spitting on the graves of Soviet soldiers of different nationalities who have laid down their lives for the liberation of
The adoption of this legislation is also in direct contradiction with international and European human rights instruments, limits the political freedom and freedom of the press. Not only politicians but also the employees of creative professions: writers, journalists, artists come within the purview of these laws.
I must admit, people in
You can not look strange at the attempts to glamorize the Nazis and their accomplices. In fact, it is a direct challenge to the world community, which insults the memory of the millions who died for the liberation of humanity from the brown plague, hurts the feelings of veterans, violates the letter and spirit of the sentence the Nuremberg Tribunal, and a number of other international legal instruments to fight against Nazism, racism, xenophobia and etc.
The acts of moving, demolition and especially the destruction of military memorials are а matter of deep resentment. Such actions can only sow disunity among the peoples, deepen antagonisms and prejudices, whether at national or international levels.
But we, the Communists, of course, quite aware of with what the new wave of anti-communist hysteria is connected. The worse the economic situation in the world is, the more serious and deeper economic crisis becomes, the more the ruling circles are trying to divert people's attention from the vital challenges. They are trying to translate the arrows on those, who offer other, alternative ways of solving global problems. On those, who believe in the power and creative energy released from the exploitation of labor. So it was during the Great depression in late 20's - early 30-ies of the XX century. So it was in the early postwar years, when by Churchill’s instigation sank the "iron curtain" over Europe, and the flywheel of "McCarthyism" winded off in the world. So, obviously, is the case in our days.
Following our historical predecessors, the great Europeans Maurice Thorez, Jacques Duclos, Marcel Cachin, Palmiro Togliatti, Dolorres Ibarurri, Georgi Dimitrov, Ernst Thaelmann, and many, many other communists-antifascists we enounce today, 65 years after the great victory over fascism, their historical words - No Passaran! Fascism will not pass! And we add: No to distortion of the truth and falsification of the history of the Second World War!
We hope that PACE will also ague against the attempts to falsify the history that poison the All-European atmosphere and obviously do not contribute to the unity of the peoples of the continent. In contrast, such attempts only stimulate a new division and alienation of European nations, which is totally at odds with the goals and objectives that collect all of us in this hall.