Poland’s Senate, the upper house of the country’s parliament, passed a legislation stipulating the destruction of Soviet monuments in the country on Friday.
70 senators voted in favor, one against and five abstained from the vote on the amendments to the “decommunisation” law against the propaganda of communism or “any other totalitarian regime” in the country. Under the amendments initiated by the members of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, the monuments and memorial stones “praising communism” are subject to demolition.
The monuments will be destroyed after the consultations with Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance, the correspondent said. The institute’s head, Lukasz Kaminski, announced the plan to demolish all Soviet-era monuments except for the ones erected on cemeteries of war graves in late March, according to earlier media reports.
According to media reports, there are currently around 490 Soviet monuments located in public places in Poland.