MOSCOW, February 25. The desecration of monument to Soviet soldiers in the Polish town of Nice – a direct violation by the authorities of Poland’s international legal obligations for the protection of memorials. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“In the night from 19 to 20 February, with the monument of Gratitude to the red Army in the city of Nice has been ripped off the table with the inscription “Glory to the heroic soldiers of the Soviet Army who fell in battles with Nazi invaders. Slavinskas the inhabitants of the earth.” The year before this monument was gone five-pointed star, ‘ she said. – In connection with this act of vandalism on 25 February, the Ambassador of Poland to the Russian foreign Ministry had declared a strong protest.
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“The Ambassador’s attention was once again drawn to a direct violation by the Polish authorities of international obligations, in particular the provisions of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Poland on friendly and neighbourly cooperation of 22 may 1992, – said Zakharov. – According to this document, the parties undertook to protect any memorial places, which are the object of respect and remembrance for citizens of both countries”. Fixed another case of vandalism against Soviet monuments.
The monument of Gratitude, representing a stone obelisk, erected in 1953 on the place of death and burial in 1945 18 Soviet soldiers (their remains were later moved to the cemetery in the city of Nice and Slupsk).
Vandals have repeatedly sprayed the monument with red paint, a year ago, with the obelisk gone five-pointed star. However, the investigators came to the conclusion that it looks as if it fell from a strong gust of wind.
According to media reports, the local authorities were seeking the demolition of the monument, on this occasion in 2009 even sent a request to the Council for the protection of memory of struggle and martyrdom (APBM). In February, the municipality was going to start the repair of the street where is located the monument, and residents invited to speak out about plans to dismantle the monument with the transfer now of the stolen memorial plaques on municipal cemetery.
At the same time, reportedly, the national-radical forces in Poland on the occasion of the so-called day of remembrance “soldiers accursed” (1 March) planned 27 February in Hajnowka (Podlaskie Voivodeship) the holding of the March in their honor. “Damn,” soldiers are persons who are not disarmed at the end of the Second world war, some of them guilty of the destruction of the local population.
The symbol of the “March” radicals selected figures of the underground Sigmund Sanjesh, Danuta Sadikovna and Romuald rice. The latter is well known in the area of Podlasie, in 1946, his troops participated in the destruction of the local population in Hajnowka, Saleemah and others, killing 79 civilians, mainly Christian Orthodox. In the activities of the rice in Institute of national memory Poland saw signs of genocide.