The Polish foreign Ministry explained to whom applies the law of the negation of the Volyn massacre

CC BY-SA 2.0 / Lukas Plewnia / mid Palsied Poland. Archive photoThe Polish foreign Ministry explained to whom applies the law of the negation of the Volyn massacreCC BY-SA 2.0 / Lukas Plewnia / Ministry of foreign Affairs of Poland

The Polish law on liability for denial of the Volyn massacre and propaganda of Bandera ideology only applies to those who publicly deny these events, not the researchers, said in a statement the Polish foreign Ministry released on Saturday.

The Polish Sejm on Friday adopted a package of amendments to the law on the Institute of national remembrance, which among other things introduce criminal liability for denial of the Volyn massacre and propaganda of Bandera ideology. According to the law, those who «publicly contrary to the facts denies» the enumerated crimes «shall be fined or punished by imprisonment for the term up to 3 years.» In response, the Ukrainian foreign Ministry expressed concern about the adopted law and expects from the Polish Senate, which should, in turn, to consider the law, of political wisdom.

«In connection with the statement of the MFA of Ukraine on the adoption of 26 January 2018 the Polish Sejm of the law «on amendments to the law on INP … «the legislative process of the above-mentioned legal act was not completed,» — said in a statement.

«The intention of the initiators of the law is to prevent the denial or reduction of the perpetrators of the crimes committed by entities collaborators», — said the Minister.

The statement noted that the bill only applies to persons who «publicly and contrary to facts deny the existence of the above crimes». The foreign Ministry stressed that scientific and artistic activities «is not a crime in the sense of this law.» «The Polish side confirmed its readiness to build relations of strategic partnership with Ukraine. However, as we have repeatedly emphasized, this partnership must be based on truth,» — concluded in the Polish foreign Ministry.

In recent years, relations between Kiev and Warsaw tensions, mostly on the background of discussions about events that relate to matters of historical memory. In Warsaw, condemned the position of Kiev on the glorification «of the organization of Ukrainian nationalists — Ukrainian insurgent army» (UPA), and criticize the regular acts of vandalism against the Polish places of memory in Ukraine.

The culmination of the events of 1943, which is called Volyn massacre, is considered to be July 11 — the day of Ukrainian nationalists simultaneously attacked about 150 Polish villages. Polish historians regard the Volyn massacre as genocide and ethnic cleansing and declare the death, according to different data, from 100 thousand to 130 thousand people. Researchers from Ukraine consider these events the consequences of the war of the Polish home Army with the Ukrainian insurgent army (currently UPA* banned in Russia), which was attended by the civilian population of the region. Their losses of the Ukrainian side is estimated in 10-20 thousand people.

* Extremist organization banned in Russia.

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