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Polish Parliament votes for pulling Soviet War Monuments down at Memory and Sorrow Day
Members of the Polish Parliament have approved of amendments to the current legislation about “decommunization” which suppose pulling down of around five hundred monuments honoring Communism, TASS informs. The voting round took place on June 22, the Day when WW2 broke out.
A new law draft will come into effect in three months after its official publication. The law itself was accepted last year. It also bans propaganda of totalitarian regimes of any kind. The Polish lawmakers supplemented the list of Communism symbols by monuments and memorable stones. The Polish politicians referred to them as symbols of the Communist regime.
The document was supported by more than four hundred deputies. Fifteen people abstained and seven Parliament members were against.
The Seim deputies have emphasized that the law will not concern monuments at the cemeteries. Besides, the law will avoid memorials beyond the public view as well as art objects and architectural monuments.
The rest of the memorials will be pulled down within a year since the moment the law comes into effect. Overall, Poland has around 500 such memorial objects, about half of them is devoted to the Red Army.
It is worth reminding that Russian Foreign Ministry has claimed earlier that toppling of the Soviet monuments and memorials would lead to irreparable consequences for relations between Moscow and Warsaw.
The law will also ban any names with traces of totalitarian regimes’ propaganda.