Poland requests information from Russia on planned exhumation

Poland has officially requested the Russian Foreign Ministry to provide information about the exhumations planned in Mednoye, where Soviet Russia murdered around 6,300 Polish officers.

The decision to carry out exhumation works was taken by the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia after bodies of two Red Army soldiers were found nearby.

The statement by the Polish Foreign Ministry says that the memorial complex in Mednoye “is one of the symbols of the extermination of Polish elites – nearly 6,300 Polish prisoners of war from Ostashkov, killed in the Spring of 1940, rest there.” It is also a resting place for citizens of the USSR, which became victims of Stalinist repressions.

The ministry also underlined that the giant cemetery complex opened on September 2, 2000, comprised of a Polish and Russian part, was created as “a result of cooperation under the Polish-Russian agreement on graves and remembrance places of war and repression victims.”

The authors of the statement also note that the opening of the cemetery followed extensive exhumation work in 1991 and 1994-1995, when teams of Polish and Russian historians “jointly revealed the tragic for both nations pages of history.”

Therefore, Poland has urged Russia’s Foreign Ministry to provide detailed information about the range of work and the location of the planned exhumations.