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    Polish President Signs Bill Amendments Regulating Demolition of Soviet Monument

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    Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law on Monday a bill on the prohibition of communist propaganda that regulates the demolition of Soviet-era monuments, according to the presidential website.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The law enters into force three months after being signed.

    "Act of June 22, 2017, amending the law on the prohibition of promoting communism or another totalitarian system in the names of buildings, objects and public facilities, signed on July 17, 2017," the website states.

    Poland’s lower house of parliament passed amendments to the so-called de-communization law, stipulating the demolition of almost 500 Soviet-era monuments in the country, on June 22.

    The "decommunisation" law prohibiting the use of the names that honor persons, organizations, events, and dates symbolizing communism for public spaces was signed by President of Poland Andrzej Duda in May 2016. Reacting to the move Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Polish was leading in the "anti-Russia race" with 30 Soviet monuments contaminated and demolished in the country in 2015.

    According to media reports, there are currently around 490 Soviet monuments located in public places in Poland.


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