Duda has approved amendments to the law on demolition of Soviet monuments

Andrzej Duda

Polish President Andrzej Duda has approved amendments to the law on prohibition of propaganda of communism, which include the demolition of Soviet monuments in the country. The corresponding decree posted on the website of the President.

“Monuments should not honor people, organizations, events or dates that advocate communism or any other totalitarian regime”, — the document says. However, a number of exceptions-for example, monuments and obelisks that are set in cemeteries or other places of burial. The new rules will enter into force three months after publication of the decree.

On 5 July the Deputy of the state Duma from the Communist party Nikolai Kharitonov urged to sever diplomatic relations with Poland because of the law on the demolition of monuments to the red army.

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22 June for the amendments providing, in particular, the demolition of Soviet monuments throughout the country, voted by the Sejm of Poland. Changes in the law require the dismantling not only of “glorifying the totalitarian system” of monuments and plaques, statues and busts. In addition, it stipulates the removal of Communist elements from the names of schools and other social institutions, buildings, structures and objects of public domain, streets, bridges and squares.

During the last years in Poland attacked by vandals has undergone a number of Soviet memorials, including graves of soldiers of the red army. In particular, 21 Mar desecration has been a Central military cemetery of red army soldiers on the street Zwirki and Wigury in Warsaw.