The rashists are threatening to demolish the Katyn Memorial, where thousands of Polish officers, killed en masse by the NKVD in 1940 after the capture of Poland, are buried.
Activists from the western Russian city of Smolensk have petitioned the country’s parliament, the Duma, to demolish a symbolic memorial site to the Katyn massacre and a cemetery for its victims, Russian daily Kommersant has reported.
Images posted online showed heavy machinery, bearing the pro-war ‘Z’ and ‘V’ symbols, approaching the Katyn monument in an apparent bid to destroy it.
The memorial site and monument commemorate the Katyn Forest Massacre in western Russia, a series of mass executions of Polish POWs, mainly military officers and policemen, carried out by the Soviet NKVD security agency in April and May 1940. The killings took place at several locations, but the massacre is named after the Katyn Forest in western Russia, where some of the mass graves of the victims were first discovered.