updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

Poland continues to implement a cynical and immoral campaign directed against Soviet memorials and burial sites.

In the early hours of April 25, another act of vandalism was perpetrated in a memorial cemetery for Soviet Army officers in Wroclaw. This is the sixth act of desecration of Soviet memorials in Poland since early 2016.

We are confident that all these incidents are the direct consequence of Warsaw’s aggressive state-level “historical policy.” In effect, this policy aims to equate “Soviet and German totalitarian regimes,” to blame the Soviet Union and Russia for all 20th century tragedies that affected Poland, including the unleashing of World War II and mythologising the history of Polish anti-Soviet and anti-Communist movements. The absurd assertion that Nazi oppression was replaced by an almost 50-year long Soviet occupation after the victory of the Red Army in 1945 is among the main theses now being actively promoted in Poland.

We believe that the lack of an adequate response of Polish authorities to the systematic desecration of Soviet memorials shows disregard for the people who gave their lives for the freedom and independence of the Polish people. In this connection, we would like to once again recall that over 600,000 Soviet officers and soldiers were killed during the liberation of Poland. It is absolutely immoral to ignore this fact. We hope that Poland, which positions itself as a country respecting Christian values, actually realises this. 

We demand that Warsaw do its utmost in order to find and punish the culprits, restore without delay the monument’s original form and make official apologies. We once again remind Polish authorities of the need to honour all its obligations unwaveringly in order to protect Russian memorials, as stipulated by the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Poland on Friendly and Good-Neighbourly Cooperation of May 22, 1992, the basic document of bilateral relations, whose provisions cannot be simply ignored by the Polish authorities.