23 August marks the International Black Ribbon Day. In 2008, the European Parliament designated the day as the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism. On 23 August 1939, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the so-called Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which contained a secret protocol that divided Europe into two spheres of influence. The treaty opened the way for wars of conquest by these two totalitarian regimes, the consequences of which are still evident throughout Europe. The Finnish Anti-Fascist Committee wishes to remind of the day’s importance for peace and democracy in Europe.