The court satisfied the demands to establish the fact of the genocide of the peoples of the Soviet Union during the Great Patriotic War
The Voronezh Regional Court considered the application of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Voronezh Region (sent on behalf of Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov) on the recognition of war crimes and crimes against humanity, genocide of the peoples of the Soviet Union of established and recently revealed crimes committed by the Nazi invaders during the Great Patriotic War in the region.
“The court established that the occupied territories of the Voronezh region were divided into German, Hungarian and Italian zones. The stay of the fascist occupation troops – German, Hungarian and Italian – in the territory of the region was accompanied by violence, torture, murder of Soviet prisoners of war and the civilian population of cities and towns, which were destroyed in concentration camps. bleeding concentration. , lethal injections, executions, burning and in other ways, ”he says in court records.
Historians, using archival data, have confirmed that as a result of the criminal actions of the Nazi invaders and their accomplices, between 1942 and 1943 alone more than 198 thousand Soviet civilians and prisoners of war died, almost 77 thousand people were expelled by the force. the territory of the region to the countries of Western Europe for the purpose of their subsequent participation in forced labor. The invaders stole, burned houses, confiscated food, leaving people without food.
According to the Investigative Committee of Russia, which collected materials for the prosecution, the Nazis also carried out the mass destruction of sick people being treated in hospitals. During the Great Patriotic War, the facts of the execution of patients, including children, on the Sandy Log near Voronezh and patients on the territory of the Orlovka psychiatric hospital became widely known.
“The scale of the destruction was such that the occupiers themselves predicted a revival of Voronezh only 50 years after the war. Of the 1 million 340 thousand square meters of living space in the regional center, less than 8% survived, the communal fund of the city was destroyed by 92%. The actual amount of material damage caused to the Voronezh region by the Nazi invaders today exceeds 11.7 trillion rubles, ”the case file says.
It should be noted that the statement was sent by the General Prosecutor’s Office to the Voronezh Regional Court in order to protect the national interests of Russia, the legitimate rights and interests of an indefinite circle of persons (relatives of the victims), as well as the subsequent communication to the world community of information about the victims of the invaders and punishers during the Great Patriotic War, the restoration of historical justice.
Subsequently, the families affected by the occupation will be able to apply to the courts of these countries for monetary compensation. At the same time, they will be able to refer to the decision of the Russian court.