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Russian TV Backs Down After Calling Armenian Hero "Fascist Collaborator"

A statue of Garegin Nzhdeh, a controversial Armenian nationalist figure, is unveiled in Yerevan in 2016. (photo: president.am)

A Russian state television station has apologized after airing a segment about an Armenian war hero's collaboration with Nazi Germany.

TV Zvezda, a station affiliated with Russia's Ministry of Defense, ran a feature on November 19 about Garegin Nzhdeh, a controversial Armenian nationalist figure. Nzhdeh fought against the Bolshevik takeover of Armenia in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, and then later allied with Nazi forces in World War II against the Soviet Union.

The hostess of the program, Veronika Krasheninnikova -- a senior official in the ruling United Russia party -- noted that a statue of Nzhdeh had been erected in Yerevan in 2016, and connected his valorization with Armenia's growing ties with the European Union. 

"The association with the European Union is not the only thing Armenia is doing like Ukraine -- it's difficult to believe, but Yerevan also is valorizing fascist collaborators," she said

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Russian TV Backs Down After Calling Armenian Hero "Fascist Collaborator"

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