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    Russia's State Duma calls on the European lawmakers to prevent the destruction of Soviet monuments, according to a draft appeal of Russian parliamentarians.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, calls on the European lawmakers to prevent the destruction or desecration of monuments to soldiers who liberated Europe from Nazism, according to a draft appeal of Russian parliamentarians in connection with the decision of the Polish authorities to demolish Soviet monuments.

    "Lawmakers of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation appeal to the parliaments of the European countries and the European parliamentary institutions to resolutely condemn the frequent cases of destruction and desecration of monuments and memorials erected in honor of the soldiers of the states of the anti-Hitler coalition who gave their lives for the liberation of Europe from Nazism," the document says.

    The appeal is addressed  o the parliaments of the European countries, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.

    Moreover, Russian lower house of parliament calls on EU lawmakers to join efforts to counter any attempts of revival of fascism in all its forms, according to a draft appeal in connection with the decision of the Polish authorities to demolish Soviet monuments.

    "The State Duma calls on the parliaments of European states and international parliamentary organizations to take all possible measures, primarily of a legislative nature, so that a mutually respectful attitude towards historical memory and the respect for the heroism of the millions of people who gave their lives for the liberation of Europe from the" brown plague" would serve as a solid foundation for truly good-neighborly and civilized relations in our common European home, whose freedom has been won by our grandfathers and fathers," the draft appeal says.

    The document is addressed to the parliaments of the European countries, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.

    On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the the actions of the Polish authorities, stressing that Duda's approval of legislative amendments allowing the demolition of Soviet monuments was nothing more than a provocation that would not be left unanswered. Moscow also drew attention to the fact that the Soviet Union had made a decisive contribution to the defeat of fascism in Europe, and that over 600,000 Soviet soldiers died during the liberation of Poland.

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