Monuments to Soviet soldiers contain message of internationalism
The participants in the Moscow-Minsk-Chisinau-Tbilisi-Bishkek video conference titled 'War against historical memory: battlefield Poland' condemned the amendments to the law adopted by the Polish authorities in July on the prohibition of promoting communism or other totalitarian systems in the names of buildings, objects and public facilities, which provides for the dismantling of Soviet monuments, including dedicated to the Red Army soldiers.
About 230 monuments commemorating the soldiers of the Soviet Red Army can be dismantled in three months after the law came into force. Several countries called on Warsaw to stop the desecration of monuments and join forces in the fight against the revival of fascism in all its manifestations, considering that the struggle against monuments dedicated to Soviet soldiers is being conducted in favor of political conjuncture, when historical facts are falsified and the role of the USSR in defeating fascism is diminished.
"Today we dismantle monuments, tomorrow we rewrite history, the day after tomorrow we say that the Soviet Union attacked Germany, then we propagandize extremism and nationalism, as a result we get situations like in the 1930s, when fascism was born. We must stop it," the deputy chairman of the permanent commission on international affairs of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, Dmitry Shevtsov, believes.
Turning to the Polish authorities, he said: "If you think that the Communist Party is an extremist party, then you can prohibit it in your country, prohibit its symbols. But we are talking about a soldier-liberator. All the Soviet peoples fought against fascism. Those monuments that stand on the territory of Poland, the Baltic States, Belarus, Russia and other countries, contain message of internationalism".
The expert on patriotic education of youth from Kyrgyzstan, Svetlana Shirokova, said: "Each settlement on the territory of our republic has a monument of glory, or a memorial or a memorial plaque - a token of gratitude to the Soviet soldiers-liberators from the brown plague ... Children were brought to Kyrgyzstan from besieged Leningrad. Toktogon Altybasarova recently died, who in 1942, when she was only 17, accepted 150 kids from the besieged Leningrad into her family - those with typhus, sick, exhausted. She and her husband, front-line soldier, raised these 150 children. Some of them left, some of them stayed here and put down roots. There is a stela in the Victory Park, which depicts the face of this woman. How can we reject and forget all this?"