Freitag, 23. Juni 2017

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'Blatant Blasphemy': Poland Votes to Demolish Red Army Monuments
In a move that has outraged the families of the victims and veterans of the multinational Soviet Union's war against Nazism, Poland's lower house of parliament has passed a law amending the “de-communization” that envisages Soviet-era monuments, including memorials to the Red Army.
The vote passed with the overwhelming approval of Polish parliamentarians, with 408 MPs voting yes, seven voting no, and 15 abstaining.
The amendments claim that such monuments, which honor the memory of World War II's victors that helped defeat fascism in Europe, of "cannot pay tribute to persons, organizations, events or dates symbolizing communism or other totalitarian systems," with exemptions for cemeteries, private property, and those statues erected for artistic purposes.
Russian politicians and public figures have reacted in a predictably furious manner.
"This is the case when Russophobia erases basic human feelings leading to blatant blasphemy. Russia’s response to this legislation should be not just tough, it should be very tough,” Russian Senator Franz Klintsevich told news agency TASS, adding that Russia is “literally being pushed” to reconsider the entirety of its relations with its Polish neighbors.
The stance was echoed by Russia's ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreyev, who warned of tremendous damage to bilateral relations resulting from the move.
“It is obvious that the Polish authorities have failed to learn anything from history,” Russian MP Dmitry Sablin told reporters. “People like them flirted with Hitler before the war and ripped pieces from occupied Czechoslovakia. Now they try to forget the debt they owe those who liberated their country from Nazism.”
The decision was made on June 22, the Day of Memory and Sorrow, which honors Russia's deceased during the Great Patriotic War, as Russians call World War II. It is estimated that over 20 million Soviet citizens died during the anti-Nazi fight, affecting most families in Russia who continue to revere their relatives who perished in the bitter war.
Bild: Denkmal in Legnica (Teilansicht)

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