Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ladies and gentlemen!

Dear friends!


Today, the Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked worldwide. 76 years ago the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by the Red Army.

Regrettably, due to the coronavirus restrictions, we cannot meet at the Soviet War Memorial like we would normally do. Nevertheless, it is essential for all of us to remember one of the darkest, most tragic and shameful chapters in the history of mankind. It is a powerful reminder of the perils of discrimination and intolerance, of just how catastrophic and barbaric the incitement to racial hatred can be.

It is our solemn duty to ensure that this never happens again. Even decades later, it remains almost impossible to come to terms with the nature and scale of this genocidal crime. This is precisely why Russia remains at the forefront of international efforts against glorification of Nazism and contemporary forms of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. The world must never forget, deny or downplay the Holocaust.

We must be united in the name of the millions who perished.

With this in mind, let me pay tribute to the millions of innocent Holocaust victims, and indeed to the millions of soldiers, from my country and all the Allied nations, who put an end to the horrors of Holocaust and World War II.

We will remember them.

Thank you.