Support The Moscow Times!

Now is the time to support independent reporting from Russia!

Contribute Today

Russia Summons Polish Ambassador After Demolition of Soviet Statue

Russia's Foreign Ministry summoned Polish Ambassador Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz on Thursday, the press service of the Polish Embassy in Moscow said.

The ambassador was called in to explain the demolition of a statue of Soviet General Ivan Chernyakhovsky in the Polish town of Pieniezno, a diplomatic source said. Other issues may also have been discussed, the source said.

The Polish Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the destruction of the monument.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized Warsaw for allowing the removal of Soviet-era monuments in Poland, although she did not mention summoning the ambassador.

"Remembering history is what differentiates humans from animals," Zakharova said.

Read more

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The Moscow Times needs your help more than ever as we cover this devastating invasion and its sweeping impacts on Russian society.