Comment by the Information and Press Department on the demolition of a monument to Soviet soldiers in Poland

Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:46

Another monument to our soldiers, who were killed while liberating Poland from Hitler’s occupation, has been demolished in that country. The latest victim of the notorious “decommunisation of public spaces” is an obelisk installed in 1945 near the village of Porost in the West-Pomeranian Voivodeship, at the site where Soviet tank crews were killed.

What we are seeing is another example of the Polish authorities’ disrespectful, wasteful attitude to the history of WWII. Polish leaders are now used to ignoring the international obligations of Poland, which concluded a series of agreements with Russia undertaking commitments regarding memorial sites but recently has been purposefully eliminating Soviet monuments nevertheless. Moreover, Warsaw does not deign to listen to ordinary Poles who, as we know, are outraged by such blatant revision of our common history.

We demand an end to this lawlessness and remind Poland that each new case of state-sanctioned vandalism does deep and lasting damage to bilateral relations.

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