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Ukrainians in Poland are questioned about Bandera to get permission to stay

Source : 112 Ukraine

The application will be rejected if person doubts
12:20, 16 February 2018

112 Agency

The Ukrainians who plan to get the permission to stay in Poland are questioned about their attitude toward Stepan Bandera and Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) during the interview. RP.pl reported this citing Natalia Panchenko, the Head of 'Euromaidan Warsaw' organization.

If a person doubts during the interview or does not express the attitude clear enough, the application will be rejected.

According to Panchenko, the possibilities for the manipulations and malpractice by the officials who analyze the answers are created in such way.

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'People have the documents that confirm their origin, however, if they are not decisive enough in their answers towards Bandera then they will not receive the permission', she said.

It is reported that one bidder was refused, however, his grandfather and father had the Polish citizenship.

He answered about his attitude toward the activity of OUN-UPA: 'I do not know, I have never been in such ties. Everyone has his own truth. People say that they were in Poland and Ukraine. I never went into it'.

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Another question was about the Volyn Massacre. 'I heard about this and that the film about this was recently released. But the Muscovites were involved in this, it is unknown who and what did. As I know a lot of people perished'.

The administration of Mazovian Voivodeship explained that such answer shows that the citizen of Ukraine knows about the activity of OUN-UPA but does not want to say anything bad about the organization that is considered to be heroic in Ukraine and that led to the tragedy in Polish history.

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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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