US, Canada and Ukraine were the three nations to vote against a resolution at the United Nations last Friday to fight the "glorification of Nazism." The resolution expressed concerns over spread of various extremist political parties, movements and groups, putting focus on neo-Nazis.
Russia was the one to bring the resolution to vote at the UN General Assembly's Third Committee, which deals with human rights. The call states fight against "glorification of Nazism" and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance." This looks like a well-timed move by Russia as the country continues to fight accusations for military involvement in Ukraine. Inspiration behind Russian resolution were Russia’s claims that far-right extremist groups are aligned with Ukrainian nationalists, including the government in Kiev. Russia believes that these groups are causing clashes with pro-Russian separatists.
This unusual vote has sparked a wave of criticism of Canada and Ukraine in not only the Russian media, but also the Russian Foreign ministry, which called the three opposition votes “extremely regrettable.” In an official statement published on Saturday, the Russian foreign ministry stated: "Ukraine’s position is especially regretful. It is tough to realize how a country, whose people had experienced the horrors of Nazism and had made a major input in the common Victory over it, could be voting against a document which condemns is glorification."
This is what the voting looked like: The United States, Ukraine, and Canada voted against the resolution. 115 countries voted in favor. There were 55 abstentions.