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Russian Congress of Canada | 13May2015 | Russian Congress

RCC Statement on the Act of Vandalism in Montreal, Quebec, May 12, 2015

[W.Z. Ukrainian Canadians would do well to monitor the postings on the website of the Russian Congress of Canada at http://russiancongresscanada.org/ , founded on 07Oct2014 and the president of which is Valentin Lossev. Their monthly archives dating back to October 2014 clearly indicate that this organization is a mouthpiece for Vladimir Putin's regime (and is likely funded and controlled by the Kremlin). We have previously posted a response by Revs. Ihor Kutash and Cornell Zubritsky to an article by Archpriest Vladimir Malchenko attacking Andrew Bennett in the Religious Affairs directory. Below, we insert appropriate corrective remarks in  the color fuchsia and enclosed within square brackets.]

The Russian Congress of Canada would like to express its greatest discontent in connection with the act of vandalism that took place in Montreal. On May 12, 2015, following a celebration of victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War, an individual or group of individuals had set fire to a car decorated with the Russian national flag.

Over the past few months the Russian Congress of Canada repeatedly urged the media to stop Russophobic campaign triggered by the nationalist part of the Ukrainian community in Canada, who, sadly enough, have been supported by a number of members of the Canadian Parliament. [All political parties in Parliament support Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity and decry Russia's annexation of Crimea and invasion of the Donbas region of Ukraine. We know of no MP that has supported the Russian position.]

Provocations and political missteps, including unsubstantiated allegations against Russia and its involvement in the civil war in Ukraine, unfounded insinuations on the so called “Russian aggression”, and the Canadian government blatantly ignoring war crimes (including genocide) committed by the Ukrainian nationalists in Eastern Ukraine as confirmed by multiple international organizations, are pulling apart and dividing Canadians of Russian and Ukrainian decent [sic] further and further. [Only Putin's trolls deny Russian direct involvement in the conflict in Ukraine.]

At the incident in Montreal an unidentified person or group of persons have set fire to a car decorated with the Russian flag and a St. George ribbon, a symbol of remembrance of the WWII victims. This action demonstrates how far the Russophobic rhetoric has gone. After doing so, the ultranationalists went even further and ensured to leave a swastika symbol on the door of the car.  Fortunately, this time there were no victims.

The Russian Congress of Canada, once again, strongly alerts Canadian public that the nationalist agenda of certain Ukrainian organizations in Canada with the implicit consent of some high-ranking politicians might certainly lead to more disastrous consequences. [Note the weasel word "nationalist" rather than the more appropriate word "patriotic".]

Not everyone in Canada forgot that people from the former USSR republics alongside with their allies such as Britain, USA, and Canada, fought against Nazis in Europe. Twenty seven million Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Jews, Poles and other ethnicities, including civilians, were killed by Nazis and their collaborators. In Canada, there are still living WWII veterans, both Canadian and Russian, from Eastern and Western Europe, who remember all too well the consequences of flirting with nationalists [sic] of any kind. [The huge 27 million losses (9 million of which were Ukrainian) were exacerbated by Stalin's policy of sending "cannon fodder" into the teeth of the German artillery. The citizens of all 14 FSU republics are patriotic "nationalists"; in contrast to imperialist "nationalists" within the Russian Federation.]

The ill-intended policy of hatred, whether deliberate or not, is unacceptable in Canada. No cause, political or economical, can justify the anti-Russian propaganda. [It is Russian Ukrainophobic propaganda, both within the Russian Federation and around the world, which is promoting hatred of Ukraine and Ukrainians.]

The crime in Montreal, committed just a few days after Canada, along with other countries, celebrated the 70th anniversary of victory over fascism shows contempt to Canada’s democratic institutions and it instils instills serious concern in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Canadians of Russian descent.

The fact that Canada remains unresponsive to the numerous requests made by a number of public organizations, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is not undertaking efforts to investigate the war crimes committed by Vladimir Katryuk, who also illegally emigrated to Canada, is of no consolation either. Katryuk is currently on the list of most wanted war criminals and, according to the Russian authorities, who recently demanded his extradition, participated in mass executions of civilians on the territory of the USSR during the WWII. [Does throwing in a "Jewish card" via the Simon Wiesenthal Center indicate that the RCC is supported by the Holocaust Industry? Or does it indicate that the d&d fiasco preceded by the Deschenes Commisssion fiasco was, indeed, a KGB-orchestrated plot? The long history of the Vladimir Katriuk case, including a critique of Judge Nadon's verdict , has been archived in the Katriuk directory in MoZeus.]

The Russian Congress of Canada expects the police to conduct a thorough investigation and hold the offenders accountable for this crime committed on the basis of hate of national or ethnic origin, in accordance with the law.

The RCC also appeals to the media that it would stop a misleading anti-Russian campaign and inform the public with the utmost responsibility by carefully verifying the facts when it comes to the Ukrainian conflict, always keeping in mind that a careless word can lead to a serious ethnic conflict in Canada, where there are over 2 million people of Russian and Ukrainian origin. [It is the RCC (probably on instructions of the Kremlin) that is promoting this "ethnic conflict" between Russians and Ukrainians in Canada.]