This is an interesting article from today’s Dziennik Polskiin London:
‘The demands of Russian Poles.’
The Congress of Poles in Russia appealed to President Putinfor the full rehabilitation of Poles, citizens of the Russian Federation, “asone of the oppressed nations” which had fallen victim to ethnic cleansing.
The participants of the Congress, which took place inMoscow, emphasized that ‘Polish’ operation, carried out by the NKVD, whichbegan in August 1937, was the first of the wave of repressions against othernational minorities. It was reminded that during the ethnic cleansing whichlasted until September 1938, between 30 and 90% of citizens of Polishnationality living in different regions of Russia were murdered. The Congressof Poles in Russia, which was organised still in the Gorbatchev era (originallyas Dom Polski) numbers today around 4.000 members, and is in essence afederation which embraces about forty regional organizations. The numbers ofindividual groups vary between 50 to 1000 people, the most numerous being thosein Moscow, St Petersburg, Irkutsk and Tomsk. Altogether, according to thegeneral census carried out in 1989 there are over 100.000 people living on theRussian territory who own up to their Polish roots’.
A few weeks ago Dziennik mentioned a court action againstRussia brought by the Estonians, former deportees to Siberia.
In view of these developments, isn’t it time to ‘join thewagon’, and start something on
behalf of Poles deported in 1940? Just a thought.