Disinfo: The Polish authorities destroy the burial places of the Soviet soldiers

Summary

The Polish authorities destroy the burial places of Soviet soldiers in order to make history more “comfortable”.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States as countries which do not respect the history of WWII and its heroes.

In 2017, Poland introduced new laws to ban totalitarian propaganda. According to this Law, up to 230 Soviet monuments may be replaced, a decision to be made by Polish local authorities. The Polish MFA underlines that Red Army burial places and cemeteries situated in Poland will be carefully protected. The law states that it is only possible to dismantle and remove symbolic monuments to the Red Army.

In 2015, Paweł Ukielski, Deputy Head of the Polish Institute of Historical Remembrance, published an open letter to the Russians, in which he explained the need to remove the symbolic monuments to the Red Army from Polish public places (text in Polish and Russian). According to him, free Poland perceives these monuments as symbols of captivity by the totalitarian USSR. In some cases, the Soviet monuments glorify the Red Army generals, who were involved in military crimes against the Poles.

The Polish Government does not implement the centralised policy of replacement of the Red Army monuments, such decisions are taken by the local authorities.

Read similar cases connected to the issue of the Red Army monuments - Monuments to Soviet soldiers are massively demolished and damaged in Ukraine, Poland and Baltic countriesRemoval of the monument to Marshall Konev is a violation of the Czech-Russian Agreement of 1993A monument to the Soviet soldier-liberator demolished in Lithuania.

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Red Army, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, Monuments, Russophobia
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