The first step has been taken towards a formal international condemnation of the crimes committed by communist regimes. The Council of Europe has adopted a resolution condemning the violation of human rights by totalitarian and communist governments. The man who instigated the campaign for a resolution, Goran Lindblad from Sweden, says the resolution vote is a good base to build on.
The adoption of the resolution has pleased some, but there are those who are angry. Konstantin Kosachev, Head of the Council’s Russian delegation, said: “Nobody can deny that in the past, communist regimes including the communist regime in the Soviet Union did commit crimes and they need to be condemned. They are condemned in Russia by every political party except by the Communist Party.” From Prague to Zagreb, via Berlin, Athens and Paris, communist parties throughout Europe have been galvanised into action by the plans to vote for the resolution. Describing it as a “witch hunt and historic revisionism”, they converged on Strasbourg to demonstrate.