27 MEPs asked the Amazon Chief to stop selling goods that carry symbols of the Soviet regime and have claimed 60 million victims.
MEPs on Friday called on Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, to stop distributing products carrying Soviet symbols through their on-line sales platforms, which, as they say, offend the victim of the regime. The call to the richest man in the world comes after US retail giant Walmart promised in September to stop giving out hammer and sickle-colored clothes, more to similar complaints.
60 million victims of the Soviet regime. In an open letter, 27 MEPs from 13 countries called for "an end to the sale of goods bearing the hammer and crescent symbol representing the Soviet Union on the Amazon Inc. platform". Challenge authors feature items like t-shirts, costumes, flags and souvenirs. MEPs point out that "the total number of victims of the Soviet regime is estimated at more than 60 million," not to mention "more than 10 million people" who were deported to Siberian camps where they suffered "inhumane living conditions, forced labor, hunger and physical violence ".
Amazon sells in particular red t-shirts with a hammer and crescent symbol marked by the Cyrillic alphabet "CCCP", which means "USSR", similar to that suggested by Walmart. MEPs also said they "support the decision of the German manufacturer of sportswear Adidas to stop selling clothes with Soviet symbols from May".