The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has passed a resolution that equates the Nazi regime with Soviet Stalinism.
The resolution, titled “Reunification of divided Europe,” states that Europe has suffered from two totalitarian regimes: the Nazi and the Stalinist. Both brought about genocide and crimes against humanity.
The resolution calls for making 23 August a day of remembrance for victims of Stalinism and Nazism. On that day in 1939, the two totalitarian states signed a pact carving up Eastern Europe between them.
The OSCE resolution passed Friday despite criticism from Russia. Moscow has accused Western countries of trying to falsify history and understating the sacrifice made by the Soviets in defeating the Nazis.
The resolution was put forward by Lithuania and Slovenia at a meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Vilnius. One of its demands was to stop glorifying the Soviet past and get rid of structures that whitewash history.