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    Moscow 'Disappointed' as Poland Bars Russia From Partaking in Sobibor Renovation

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    The Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday it was disappointed with Warsaw's refusal to allow Russia to participate in the project to renovate the Sobibor museum in Poland.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Sobibor Nazi death camp functioned from March 1942 until the end of 1943. According to the latest data by historians, Nazis killed about 170,000 Jews from Poland and other European countries there.

    The ministry said the Russian side had been invited to join the project for the renovation of the museum and memorial site in Sobibor in 2013. The project, initiated by Poland, Israel, Holland and Slovakia, envisions the construction of a new memorial and establishment of appropriate infrastructure.

    "Russia reacted positively to that invitation, expressed its readiness to take an active part in perpetuating the memory of the extermination camp's prisoners. We are disappointed with Warsaw's refusal to let Russia join the international project to renovate the Sobibor museum," it said.

    The ministry also said Poland's refusal was "immoral in terms of historic truth".


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