Leonid Slutsky, the head of the State Duma’s committee on international affairs, called the struggle of the Polish authorities with monuments, including Soviet soldiers, a special kind of paranoia.
According to Niezalezna, a monument of gratitude to the Red Army was demolished in the city of Leszno in the Greater Poland Voivodeship of Poland. The monument at the junction of Starozamkova and Lipova streets was erected immediately after the end of World War II. On it were two tablets with an inscription in Polish and Russian: “Eternal glory to the heroes who fell in the struggle for freedom and independence of the Soviet Union and Poland!”
According to local authorities, the governor ordered the demolition of the city. Parts of the dismantled monument will be stored in the city warehouse. It is possible that they will become exhibits of the Cold War Museum in Podborsk.
“The war with monuments in Poland turned into a special kind of paranoia. War memorials and burials are successively destroyed in the mainstream of the Russophobic line of the current Polish leadership. Thus, Warsaw is trying to supplant any mention of the feat of the Soviet soldier in the victory over fascism and the liberation of Poland,” said Slutsky RIA News.
He called such actions ingratitude and sacrilege.
“In attempts to rewrite the history of the Great Victory, the Polish authorities reached the top of cynicism, which hides the intention to block their own unseemly acts of the pre-war past,” the head of the Duma committee concluded.
In recent years, hundreds of monuments to the Red Army soldiers who died for the liberation of the country have been destroyed in Poland.
In the summer of 2017, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, signed amendments to the law banning the promotion of communism or another totalitarian system in the names of buildings, objects and premises for public use. The law provides, among other things, for the demolition of Soviet monuments. According to estimates by the Institute of National Memory of Poland, which is responsible for memorial work, the law on decommunization will affect about 230 monuments of the Red Army.
According to experts, the liberation of Poland killed more than 600 thousand Soviet soldiers, and about 700 thousand Soviet prisoners of war were killed by the Nazis.
Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that some European countries are trying to rewrite history. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in mid-December 2019 that they, in particular Poland, had entered into a conspiracy with fascist Germany, that Russia had documents at its disposal how they negotiated. According to Russian politicians, Europe is not ready to recognize this part of its history. According to Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko, this cannot be ignored. And Putin said that the Russian Federation is obliged to ensure the preservation of the truth about the Great Patriotic War and to resist attempts to falsify its history.