Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russian parliament’s lower house, on Wednesday ordered legislators to consider an appeal from a Communist Party deputy to denounce the reunification of Germany as an illegal land grab of East Germany by its western neighbour.
The collapse of Socialist rule in East Germany – officially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR) – heralded the end of the Cold War, and was met with jubilation in the West.
But the Communist lawmaker sponsoring the proposal argued the absorption of the GDR – a Soviet Union satellite since the end of World War II – into a unified Germany in October 1990 was illegal.
“Unlike Crimea, a referendum was not conducted in the German Democratic Republic,” Nikolai Ivanov was quoted as saying before the Russian parliament’s lower house, the State Duma.
Full article: Russia considers censuring West Germany (The Age)