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Russia criticizes exoneration of WWII Romanian dictator

12:06 01/03/2007
MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow condemns a Romanian court's ruling that exonerates the fascist dictator who ruled the country during World War II, the Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesman said Thursday.

The Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled last week that Romania's support of Nazi Germany during WWII was legal and exonerated Marshal Ion Antonescu, who was convicted and executed for military crimes in 1946.

Mikhail Kamynin said the court's ruling, which insults the memory of WWII victims, is "an attempt to revise its [the war's] results."

"The exoneration of the Nazi accomplice, whose crimes against civilians in the occupied regions of the Soviet Union are not forgotten, contradicts the essence and logic of the post-war settlement and final documents of the Nuremberg Trials," he said.

Kamynin said he hopes the Supreme Court of Romania, which was involved in the defeat of the Nazis at the end of the war, will review the scandalous ruling.

Ion Antonescu (1882-1946), who ruled Romania from 1940 to 1944 and cooperated with Hitler, was responsible for the deaths of about 250,000 Jews and 25,000 gypsies.

In 1944, with Soviet troops advancing into Romania, Romania's King Michael arrested Antonescu. He was tried and executed as a war criminal in June 1946.

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