The Dismantling of the Monument ofRed Army Gratitude Began In Warsaw
OREANDA-NEWS The authorities of the Polish capital began dismantling of the monument of Gratitude to the Red Army, established in Skaryszewski Park on the right Bank of the Vistula. On Tuesday Bartosz Milczarczyk (press Secretary of the mayor of Warsaw) told reporters.
"The dismantling of the monument began. It will last until the end of the month," he said. "In accordance with the decision of the Institute of national memory, it will be transferred To the Museum of "damned soldiers", - added the representative of the city hall.
On October 16, the monument was fenced. According to the Agency, people walking in the Park expressed mostly negative about the upcoming demolition of the monument. Flowers and lighted lamps were brought to the fence.
The monument of Gratitude to the soldiers of the Red Army was erected in the Skaryshevsky Park of the Warsaw district of Prague on the right Bank of the Vistula on September 15, 1946 in memory of the soldiers of the Red Army who died on September 10-15, 1944 in the battles for this area of the city. This monument is a regular target of vandals. From the monument repeatedly chipped its fragments, it was applied offensive inscriptions.
On October 21, 2017, an updated law on decommunization came into force in Poland. The law provides for the demolition of monuments and memorials paying "tribute to persons, organizations, events or dates symbolizing communism or other totalitarian system". The law assigns the role of the main Advisory body, whose opinion may be guided by local authorities, to the Institute of national memory. Experts believe that about 230 monuments of the red army in the country are propagandizing communism. Several dozen of them have already been dismantled.
The law, which came into force in autumn 2017, will not affect cemeteries and burial places.The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov has stated that Poland "is a leader in the anti-Russian race" to demolish the monument. Lavrov also believes that the country "consciously, consistently, large-scale planted Russophobia as a national idea."