Russian Senate Wants to Punish Poland for Removing Statues Honoring World War II Soldiers

Soviet monuments

Russian senators are calling on President Vladimir Putin to put sanctions on Poland for a law that could see Soviet memorials in the country torn down, Newsweek reports.

Poland’s new law demands the removal of dates, names and mentions on public monuments that seem to glorify Communism or “any other totalitarian” regime. This mostly affects the many monuments built during Poland’s Cold War decades as a satellite state for the Soviet Union, and Russia has been particularly critical of the affect on memorials to Soviet soldiers who died fighting Nazism during World War II.

Russian senators have taken such grave offense at their neighbor’s actions that they have used an open letter to unanimously calling for Putin to punish Poland.

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