Day: April 19, 2007

Baltic Demand

Via CNN:

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The three Baltic nations on Thursday demanded that major Stalinist atrocities should be included in plans for a European Union law to make incitement of racist violence and Holocaust denial a crime.

Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia demanded that a meeting of EU justice and interior ministers agree to make it illegal for people to publicly condone, deny or trivialize crimes against humanity committed under the Soviet regime led by Joseph Stalin.

“Stalinism and Nazism should be treated equally,” said Jurgita Apanaviciute, a spokeswoman for Lithuania’s delegation to the EU.

The EU ministers were close to agreeing on the contentious anti-racist package after six years of negotiations on how to combat racism and hate crimes. But other EU nations were loathe to agree to the demand by the Baltic states because they do not legally recognize crimes committed under Stalin as hate crimes or equate them with the genocide perpetrated under the Nazis in Germany during World War II.

Kasparov Summoned to FSB

Garri Kasparov, who was briefly detained at the “Dissenters’ March” in Moscow last Saturday, has received two summons to appear for questioning on Friday (not today, as Kommersant states) by the Moscow FSB. The summons relate to two public utterances: an interview Kasparov gave to Echo of Moscow radio on April 8, and a newspaper article he wrote for the United Civil Front newspaper.

A report published on the Kasparov.ru website quotes Marina Litvinovich as saying that Kasparov has asked for the summons to be deferred, and that he does not plan to appear for questioning tomorrow.

Update (April 20): Kasparov is now being questioned by FSB officials, according to Marina Litvinovich in a Moscow Echo report.