The state Duma and the Knesset of Israel will adopt a joint statement condemning the destruction of monuments to Soviet soldiers in Europe. This was reported on the official website of the lower house of the Russian Parliament following the meeting of Russian and Israeli speakers Vyacheslav Volodin, and Yuli Edelstein.
Thursday, June 29, Volodin drew attention Edelstein, who is paying an official visit to Russia, the destruction in Europe of memorials to soldiers-liberators. “The chairmen of the parliaments considered adopted by the Polish Sejm amended the law, allowing to demolish the monuments to Soviet soldiers”, — stated in the message. “The speakers have agreed to prepare a joint statement condemning such actions”.
A joint letter will be sent to the parliaments of the countries of Europe and inter-parliamentary organizations.
“Our peoples have suffered most from fascism in the Second world war. Absolutely unacceptable cases of desecration of monuments to soldiers who gave their lives in the struggle against Nazism, and especially the legal justification for these criminal acts,” — said Volodin.
On June 23 the Vice-speaker of the lower house of Parliament Irina Yarovaya suggested to the Ambassador of Poland to be held in the state Duma a special meeting on the decision of Warsaw to demolish all the Soviet monuments. According to her, it would “honestly and openly discuss the question of what decisions are made as they violate or do not violate the decision of the Nuremberg Tribunal”.
The Polish authorities have started to get rid of Soviet monuments a year ago. Last spring it was reported that they decided to dismantle around 500 monuments.