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    Int'l Conference Calls on Polish President to Stop Desecration of USSR Memorials

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    The participants of the international conference expressed confidence that the destruction of memorials dedicated to Soviet soldiers was illegal.

    WARSAW (Sputnik) – The participants of the international conference dedicated to issues related to the situation with Soviet memorials in Eastern Europe on Thursday called on Polish President Andrzej Duda to put an end to the desecration of memorials in the country.

    "We, the participants of the conference address you and the Polish government against the backdrop of adoption of the law [allowing the destruction of Soviet-era monuments] by you and the country's parliament… We call on you with a request to put an end to the desecration of the memorials. Our common history would not change if the monuments and the memorials are destroyed. We are absolutely sure that everything would resume its natural course," the statement adopted by the participants of the conference "Honor their memory" said.

    According to the statement, some of the decisions of the Polish authorities encourage acts of vandalism.

    In July, Polish President Andrzej Duda approved a bill regulating the demolition of almost 500 Soviet-era monuments throughout the country, as well as the renaming of objects associated with the Communist era.

    A number of memorials to Soviet soldiers who fell while fighting the Nazis in Poland during World War II have been desecrated in the country in recent years.

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