Poles send Ukraine a message: Prison term for calling Bandera, Shukevich, OUN-UPA heroes, or for denying the Volyn Massacre
January 26, 2018 – Fort Russ News –
– Novorosinform, translated by Tom Winter –
The Polish Sejm has passed a law banning “bandera ideology”
The Polish parliament adopted an amendment to the law “On the Institute of National Memory – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Nation” by 279 votes in favor with 5 votes against and 130 abstentions.
This law now introduces prosecution for the propaganda of Ukrainian nationalist organizations and leaders of these structures, as well as the denial of the genocide of the Poles during the Volyn massacre. This is reported today on the news portal Kresy.pl.
According to the publication, there will no longer be a chance to glorify Bandera, Shukhevych, OUN-UPA, SS Galichina in Poland and agitate for them. All this will entail punishment in the form of imprisonment up to three years.
“This will be a clear signal for Ukraine – in Poland to declare that the OUN-UPA were “heroes” is a crime,” said the deputy of the Seimas of Poland, Zhimkovsky.
Relations between Ukraine and Poland in the issues of historical memory have recently deteriorated significantly. In Warsaw, they negatively perceive the current Ukrainian leadership’s policy of glorifying Ukrainian nationalists guilty of massacres of Poles in the years of the Great Patriotic War. The Polish Senate in 2016 recognized the Volyn Massacre as genocide. In Poland, the number of attacks against Ukrainians has increased.
Andrzej Duda on November 7 spoke about the need to remove from office in Ukraine officials with anti-Polish views. Turning to the leadership of Ukraine, he expressed the hope that “people who openly proclaim nationalistic and anti-Polish views will not occupy important positions in Ukrainian politics.”
Earlier, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, two new commemorative plaques have been set up, dedicated to the defenders of Polish settlements in Volhynia.