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Bill on monuments not targeted against Russia-Polish minister

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WARSAW, May 7 (RIA Novosti) - A bill that could allow the removal of monuments dedicated to foreign powers as "alien Polish tradition" is not targeted against Russia, the culture minister said Monday.

The bill being drafted by the Culture Ministry would allow the dismantlement of monuments to Communism and Nazism, the cruelest regimes in the 20th century, and would not affect World War II memorials to fighters against Nazism, Kazimierz Ujazdowski said in a statement published on the ministry's Web site.

Russia's parliamentary speaker said Monday Russian lawmakers would refer Moscow's unease about the removal of a Soviet-era war memorial in Estonia and similar plans by other European states to PACE.

"The re-assessment of the outcome of World War II is an issue we, members of the State Duma, will propose for discussions at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe," Boris Gryzlov said. "We will spare no effort to resist renewed attempts to revive the use of Nazi symbols and Nazi marches."

"Concerns voiced by critics of the draft law are groundless," Ujazdowski said, adding mausoleums and cemeteries where soldiers killed in Poland during WWII were buried would not be removed.

Marek Kuchcinski, head of the parliamentary faction of Poland's ruling conservative party Law and Justice, said a bitter dispute over the removal of a Soviet-era war memorial between Russia and Estonia would not stop the "decommunization of Poland."

Russia earlier also complained about the closure by Polish authorities of a Russian exhibition at the Auschwitz death camp memorial.

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