The outbreak of neo-Nazism in Ukraine is dangerous not only for Russia, but also for the whole of Europe, as said by the Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation, the Head of the Russian Historical Society Sergei Naryshkin, at the opening of the historical and documentary exhibition “Operation Ice Axe”.
The historical and documentary exhibition “Operation Ice Axe”, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of illegal intelligence (1922), was opened on Friday, May 13, at the House of the Russian Historical Society, TASS reports. The exhibition highlights an episode of Soviet-British cooperation through the special services, after on July 12, 1941, the People’s Commissar of Foreign Affairs of the USSR Vyacheslav Molotov and the British Ambassador Stafford Cripps, in the presence of Joseph Stalin, signed “An Agreement on Joint Actions of the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom in the War Against Germany.” The joint operation was code-named “Ice Axe”.
A special place at the exhibition is occupied by biographies of Soviet illegal agents – natives of different countries united by a common idea of the fight against Nazism. Their personal and official belongings, photos, documents are also presented.
According to the historical society, in total, from January 1942 to March 1944, the British special services transferred 10 groups of Soviet intelligence officers (36 people) from the USSR to Western Europe, among whom were natives of European countries with passports issued in Moscow. Of these, 11 people were exposed and executed almost immediately upon arrival. Radio scouts transmitted strategically important information about German units, their deployment and defensive fortifications to Moscow.
Naryshkin, at the exhibition, noted that almost 80 years after the end of World War II, the UK and the US are acting on the side of the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev, as quoted by EADaily.
“The new hotbed of neo-Nazism poses a threat not only to Ukraine, not only to Russia, but also to the whole of Europe. Almost eight decades after the Second World War, London and Washington are acting on the side of the neo-Nazi Kiev regime. We, Russians, firmly know that the generation of winners, our fathers and grandfathers, bequeathed to their descendants to eradicate Nazism in any of its manifestations. We will fulfill this covenant to the end,” Naryshkin said.
Also, News.ru reminds that earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the attack on the Russian ambassador in Warsaw, Sergei Andreev, reflects “the course of the West towards the reincarnation of fascism” and neo-Nazism.
In turn, the deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, doubted that Europe after the Second World War was denazified, the reason for which was the decision of the mayor of Prague, Zdenek Grzyb, to deprive Marshal Ivan Konev of the status of an honorary citizen of the city. Medvedev accused the West of hypocrisy, noting that Hitler in other Czech cities still “enjoys the honors” that they intend to deprive the Soviet marshal.