MADRID, February 16 – RIA Novosti. The Russian Embassy in Spain considers manifestations of neo-Nazism unacceptable, the diplomatic mission said in a statement on the rally held in Madrid in memory of the Blue Division, which fought on the side of Nazi Germany during World War II.
On Saturday, an action was held in Madrid to mark the 78th anniversary of the Krasnoborsk operation during the blockade of Leningrad, in which the volunteer Spanish “Blue Division” took part from the Nazis. According to the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, anti-Semitic statements were heard there. The Platform Against Anti-Semitism and the Movement Against Intolerance have lodged a complaint with the authorities of the Autonomous Community of Madrid. They, in turn, sent a request to the prosecutor's office, which will investigate.
“Regarding the action held on February 13 in memory of the Blue Division, during which Nazi symbols were displayed and anti-Semitic slogans were sounded. ) than to boast of closeness to the Nazis, who killed tens of millions of innocent people, including 6 million Jews and 27 million Soviet citizens who died during the Great Patriotic War, “the Russian embassy in Spain said in a statement.
The anti-Semitic statements at the action were also condemned by the Israeli Ambassador to Spain Rodica Radian-Gordon, who said that such statements “are disgusting and cannot take place in a democratic society.”
The organizer was the Young Patriots of Madrid movement. Similar actions in memory of the Blue Division are held annually.
“Blue Division” – a division of Spanish volunteers who fought on the side of Nazi Germany during World War II on the Eastern Front, participated in the blockade of Leningrad. During the operation “Polar Star” in February – April 1943 to liberate the Leningrad region, which was carried out on a sector of the front near Krasny Bor almost 60 kilometers long, four Soviet divisions and two tank regiments were unable to break through the defenses of the Spaniards (about 4.5 thousand person). Soviet troops suffered heavy losses in this sector.