Disinfo: Red Army monuments and cemeteries are methodologically destroyed in Poland

Summary

If the destruction of the monument to Kosciuszko in Washington irritates people in Poland, why don’t we hear similar dissatisfaction with the methodical destruction of monuments in Poland?

The Poles do not see contradictions in the destruction of the Red Army monuments and cemeteries in Poland, but they are irritated by the vandalised Kosciuszko Monument in Washington.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation 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 the Polish local authorities. The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlines that the Red Army burial places and cemeteries located in Poland will be carefully protected. It is possible to dismantle and remove only 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 war 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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, US, Poland
  • Keywords: Red Army, Anti-Russian, Monuments

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