Berlin should repent for Nazi crimes instead of passing resolutions on a Soviet-era famine, Dmitry Medvedev said
Deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting with members of the Security Council in Moscow on February 21, 2022. © Alexey NIKOLSKY / Sputnik / AFP
Germany has no right to lecture Russia on humanism and the 1930s famine in the USSR, given the atrocities that Nazi troops committed on Soviet soil during WWII, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
The German parliament on Wednesday designated the Stalin-era wave of mass hunger – which Kiev calls the “Holodomor” – as genocide. Speaking at the office of the ruling United Russia party, which he chairs, Medvedev unleashed a scathing rebuke of German lawmakers.
“Germans are now teaching us about humanism. Let them remember their own history, what they did on our nation’s territory,” he said, referring to the mass atrocities committed by Nazi troops between 1941 and 1945 on Soviet territory.
“They are telling us about the ‘Holodomor’, about something else. It’s a shame to listen to all this coming from the lips of high-ranking officials, they should repent for three generations to come,” he stated.
On Wednesday, the German parliament adopted a resolution declaring that the 1930s Soviet famine a “genocide” against the Ukrainian people. However, as the Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out, the document ignored the fact that a “terrible famine was running rampant not only in Ukraine, but across the entire nation, claiming millions of lives.”