WARSAW (Sputnik) — The Sejm, or lower house of Poland's parliament, adopted amendments to the so-called de-communization law stipulating the demolition of almost 500 Soviet-era monuments in the country, a Sputnik correspondent reported Thursday.
Under the new amendments, the monuments and memorial stones considered to be "glorifying communism" are subject to demolition. According to the official data of Polish provincial authorities, there are around 490 such monuments in the country.
The "de-communization" law was signed by President of Poland Andrzej Duda in May 2016. The legislation prohibits the use of the names that honor persons, organizations, events, and dates symbolizing communism for public spaces. Reacting to the move, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Poland was leading in the "anti-Russia race," noting that 30 Soviet monuments had been vandalized and demolished in the country in 2015.