Russian army chief lists Ukrainian personalities to be tried as ‘Nuremberg’


A senior Russian military official cited a list of Ukrainian figures, including several politicians and journalists, whom Russia intends to prosecute for war crimes “like the Nuremberg trials”.

The Nuremberg trials took place between November 1945 and October 1946 after the end of World War II. The Allies – then France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States – held the trials against representatives of defeated Nazi Germany for conspiracy, invasion of other countries and commission of other crimes of war during World War II.

Then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) toasts with General Vladimir Shamanov (R), the commander of Russia’s airborne troops, in Moscow March 5, 2012. Shamanov cited a list of Ukrainian figures including several politicians and journalists , Russia intends to bring to justice “like the Nuremberg trials”.
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Deputy Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov, a former commander-in-chief of Russia’s airborne troops, made the Nuremberg comparison in an interview with Russian television on Sunday.

Asked by a Russian journalist how Moscow would deal with Mariupol, the port city in southeastern Ukraine that was bombed and taken by the Russian army, Shamanov replied: “We will help Mariupol”.

“We will also reach their billionaires, as well as their political leaders like bastards like [Ukrainian politician Oleksandr] Turchynov, dirty bags like [activist and politician Dmytro] Yarosh. We will remember all of them by name, as our Commander-in-Chief said, they will all be held accountable,” Shamanov added.

“We have the preliminary elements to form an international tribunal. We have discussions with China on this, as well as with other BRICS. [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] countries. There will be an international tribunal, 100%, like the Nuremberg trials.”

He said Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon and Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych would also face trial.

In March, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Gordon. The Ukrainian journalist and TV host, who is believed to still be in Kyiv, has been charged with public calls to start a war, incitement to hatred on the basis of nationality and publicly disseminating false statements about the actions of the forces Russian armies.

“We’ll see how they squirm on their butts on those benches,” Shamanov said. “We should also drive nails into that, like the commercials they run about hemorrhoids. We’ll give them hemorrhoids on top of all that.”

Newsweek contacted the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry for comment.

Shamanov was also asked by the host about what Ukraine’s territorial borders might be at the end of Russia’s “special military operation”, launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24.

“This issue would be very difficult to predict. We don’t know the future mood of the population or our future relations with neighboring countries who will certainly try to exert influence,” Shamanov said, citing the Baltic states and Poland as examples.

He said Russia’s goal was to “completely demilitarize” Ukraine, and that would take “five to 10 years.”

Second, his denazification, which will be done simultaneously, and the formation of a government that has not been smeared by these neo-Nazis. It will be difficult to accomplish, so we will have to see.”

Russian lawmakers, including Putin, have consistently claimed that Ukraine is ruled by neo-Nazis, despite the fact that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish and many of his family members were killed in the Holocaust.

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