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Ukraine concerns about safety of its historians in Poland are groundless, provocative
14:35, 8 February 2018
Ukraine concerns about safety of its historians in Poland are groundless, provocative

The Institute of National Remembrance of Poland responded to Ukrainian offer to relocate the historians' forum

14:35, 8 February 2018

Institute of National Remembrance of Poland

The Institute of National Remembrance of Poland is surprised with the statement of Ukrainian colleagues about the impossibility to continue the work of the forum of the historians in the previous format. The concerns of Kyiv about the safety of its historians in Warsaw are totally groundless and even provocative as the press service of the Polish Institute reported on February 7.

The Polish establishment assures that the points of the adopted law that bans 'Banderite ideology' does not concern the scientific activity.

'The concerns about the safety of the Ukrainian participants of the scientific debates in Poland are absolutely groundless and even provocative', the message said.

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The institute also emphasized that 'the Polish-Ukrainian dialogue about the difficult sides of the common past began earlier than the Institute of National Remembrance was founded'.

Also, Warsaw remembered the law of the Ukrainian parliament dated 2015 that provides the members of the OUN and UPA who collaborated with Germany with the status of the fighters for the freedom and independence of Ukraine. According to the Polish Institute, the points of this law also can 'stop any critical views on the activity of the Ukrainian nationalists, particularly the presentation of the facts about the genocide of the Polish population'.

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The Institute of National Remembrance of Poland expects 'the restoration of the dialogue with the Ukrainian side'.

As we reported Polish leader Andrzej Duda has signed the bill with amendments to the law about the Institute of the National Memory in Poland. They stipulate criminal responsibility for denial of the Volyn Massacre of the 1940s and forbid the propaganda of the 'Banderite ideology'.

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It also provides the criminal penalty for public accusations of Poland of crimes during Holocaust, of helping Nazi Germany, of military crimes or crimes against humanity. The bill forbids to use the combination of words “Polish death camp” when describing concentration camps that were on the territory of Poland. Any citizen of the country, including foreigners that breached the law will have to pay a fine or imprisoned for up to three years.

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