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Duda to carefully look into controversial law on National Memory Institute

Source : 112 Ukraine

The bill offers to impose criminal responsibility for denial of the Nazi and Communist crimes; Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry protests, saying Poland tries posing Ukrainians as criminal-bent nationalists
09:08, 29 January 2018

Presidential Administration press office

Polish leader Andrzej Duda intends to carefully consider the draft law about the Institute of the National Memory approved by the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish Parliament, Polskie Radio reports.

‘One should not be driven by emotions. On the other hand, the Polish side should fight for the truth at the same time. We’ve been hearing these lies about the so-called death camps in Poland for years. We can’t let such things happen, and this is why we need this law. It has nothing to do with scientific research or, God forbid, distorting the truth about the Holocaust,’ Duda’s press secretary, Krzysztof Lapinski said.    

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Ukraine’s foreign ministry expressed concerns over the law’s approval by the Sejm, pointing out that Poland is trying to depict Ukrainians as ‘criminal-bent nationalists’. In order to take effect, the law still has to be approved by the Senate and the President; however, it is widely considered that the most crucial stage – approval by the Sejm – is now over.

The draft law offers to impose criminal responsibility for the denial of the Nazi and Communist crimes, as well as responsibility for the denial of Volyn Massacre in the 1940s and propaganda of the Banderite ideology.

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