Russia asks OSCE and UNESCO to intervene to protect Soviet monuments in Poland


Members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation appealed to UNESCO and the OSCE in connection with the fact that, according to their opinion, Poland's intention to dismantle the Soviet monuments are in violation of the agreement on the protection of historical monuments and graves signed in 1994. This statement was made on April 4 by the Chairwoman of the Civic Chamber Commission on Development of Public Diplomacy and Support of Russian Compatriots Abroad, Elena Sutormina, as reported by Radio Polsha..

"Last week the Public Chamber asked UNESCO to consider this issue at a separate meeting. In addition, an appeal was sent to the OSCE today," Sutormina said at a press conference on April 4.

In her opinion, the actions of the Polish authorities are in violation of the agreement signed by the countries in 1994. "This is a clear violation of the international standards, active resistance is necessary," stressed the Head of the Commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. According to her, the issue of the destruction of the monument of gratitude to the Soviet Army will be raised 'at the next meeting of the United Nations.'

Recall, on March 31, the President of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance, Łukasz Kamiński, said that more than 500 Soviet monuments in Poland should be demolished.

The Polish Foreign Ministry stressed that local governments have the right to dismantle symbolic monuments (such as monuments of "gratitude" to the Soviet Army). Cemeteries and other burial places of the Soviet soldiers will remain under the care of the Polish government.

  Poland, Russia

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