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Georgia declares February 25 Soviet Occupation Day

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July 21, 2010, 5:34 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Georgian parliament at a Wednesday plenary session adopted a resolution declaring February 25 the Day of Soviet Occupation. The resolution obliges the government to organize events every year commemorating the victims of the Soviet occupation of February 25, 1921.

Georgia follows the example of Moldova where acting president Mihai Ghimpu declared June 28 the Day of Soviet Occupation last month.

The opposition Communist Party of Moldova disputed the decree. The Constitutional Court last week declared it invalid and invited Ghimpu to cancel his decree.

The Georgian parliament also resolved to join the decision of the Europe Parliament and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly declaring August 23 a common remembrance day for victims of totalitarian regimes.

The resolution reads Georgia like many other nations "suffered from the totalitarian Soviet regime."

The Georgian parliament obliged the relevant institutions to better inform the public about the history of totalitarism, namely "the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact signed on August 23, 1939 by the most criminal totalitarian regimes - the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany."
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