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    Russian State Duma to Respond to Polish Soviet Monuments' Demolition Bill

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    First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Dmitry Novikov stated that the State Duma will look into the statement in response to the Polish bill on the destruction of the Soviet-related monuments by the end of this week.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian State Duma will consider the statement in response to the Polish bill on the destruction of the Soviet-related monuments, signed by the Polish president, within this week, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Dmitry Novikov told Sputnik Monday.

    Earlier in the day, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law a bill on the prohibition of communist propaganda that regulates the demolition of Soviet-era monuments in the country. On July 5, Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Russian State Duma, said that the lower house of the Russian parliament was preparing a statement regarding Poland's decision to demolish monuments related to the Soviet Union, and was cooperating with the legislative bodies of other countries on the issue.

    "We expect that the [State] Duma will look into [the statement] by the end of this week," Novikov said.

    The lawmaker noted that the statement would be addressed to the legislative bodies of the other countries.

    "It will be an appeal to the parliaments and the parliamentary organization, in which the opinion, the position related to the outrage… inadmissibility of such actions will be expressed," Novikov explained.

    On June 22, 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. According to Poland's Institute of National Remembrance, the law will be applied to 230 monuments commemorating the soldiers of the Soviet Red Army among many others.

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