The Kremlin has condemned the transfer and accused Warsaw of fanning the flames of Russophobia
Polish authorities have torn down 4 World Struggle II monuments to fallen Soviet troopers, arguing that the Crimson Military enslaved Poland in 1945. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov condemned the transfer, describing Warsaw’s claims as a “monstrous lie.”
The demolition of the struggle memorials happened on Thursday within the cities of Glubczyce, Byczyna, Staszow, in addition to in Bobolice within the north of the nation.
Standing in entrance of one of many statues shortly earlier than it was torn down, Karol Nawrocki, the pinnacle of Poland’s Institute of Nationwide Remembrance (IPN), argued that “this monument is a monument of lies.”
“The Soviets didn’t carry freedom in 1945, they introduced a brand new enslavement,” Reuters quoted him as saying.
The Kremlin was fast to sentence Warsaw’s actions, with spokesperson Dmitry Peskov arguing that the Polish authorities’s reasoning behind the demolitions was a “monstrous lie.”
The Russian official identified that “so many voters of the Soviet Union died liberating Poland.”
Peskov went on to accuse authorities in Warsaw of making an attempt to “idiot the youthful era of Poles, feeding them lies and frightening hatred for Russians.”
Whereas Russia insists that the Crimson Military freed Poland from Nazi Germany, Polish officers imagine the nation was subjected to many years of an oppressive communist regime consequently.
In 2016, the Polish authorities handed a legislation requiring native authorities to take away objects and names that “propagate communism or different totalitarian programs,” with that push receiving new momentum following the beginning of Russia’s army offensive in opposition to Ukraine earlier this 12 months.
Talking to Poland’s Gazeta Pomorska newspaper final month, Nawrocki revealed that authorities had demolished 20 Soviet memorials since then.
He added, nevertheless, that there remained 40 extra monuments earmarked for demolition.
Neighboring Latvia and Estonia have gone down the identical path, eradicating a number of Soviet-era struggle memorials in current months.
Moscow has constantly condemned the removals.