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Poland protests after Katyn massacre plaques taken down in Russia

Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister on Friday expressed his country’s displeasure after two plaques commemorating the victims of the Katyn massacre were taken down from the facade of the former Headquarters of the Soviet secret police.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Piotr Glinski, who doubles as Culture Minister, however, expressesd displeasure over the incident.

“It is unfortunate and we will decidedly protest against that,” he said.

The plaques were taken down on Thursday in the city of Tver, located about 160km North-West of Moscow.

Katyn was one of the sites of a 1940 massacre of about 22,000 Polish soldiers, prisoners of war and leading members of society in the hands of the NKVD.

Initially blaming the massacre on Nazi forces, only in 1990 did Moscow acknowledge that the order to kill the Poles was given by former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

In its account of the 20th century, Russia is returning to a Stalinist narrative, the Head of Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance.

On Friday, Europe celebrated Victory in Europe (VE) Day, marking 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

In Poland, the end of World War II was bittersweet as the country became subjugated to the Soviet Union.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: “Seventy-five years ago, we hoped to regain freedom, but the Red Army remained on Polish soil for nearly 50 years.

“Let us remember all the victims and forgotten heroes of these inhuman regimes,” Morawiecki said.

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