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The EP has asked Amazon to stop selling Soviet symbols



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MEPs asked Amazon director Jeff Bezos to stop selling Soviet-style articles through his platform, as it is an insult to the regime's victims.

The call for the world's richest man was made after Walmart, a North American retailer, pledged to stop selling cheap clothes in connection with similar claims in September, according to the BTA.

In an open letter, 27 MEPs from 13 countries have asked the Amazon platform to stop marketing commodities in which the Soviet Union's sickle and hammer symbol is represented. Callers mention t-shirts, carnival costumes, banners and souvenirs. MEPs point out that the total number of victims of the Soviet regime exceeds 60 million, with no more than 10 million people deported to concentration camps in Siberia, where they have been subjected to inhuman living conditions, forced labor, hunger and physical violence.

Amazon sells red shirts with a sickle and hammer and a Cyrillic alphabet "USSR" – the same as those offered previously at Walmart.

MEPs welcome the decision by German sports production company Adidas to stop selling Soviet-style clothing in May.

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