18:42 Apr. 30, 2016
Parliament approves legislation to help Poland break away from Communist past
The Polish parliament has approved a law banning Communist propaganda and aiming to rename objects related to Communist symbols or leaders. The law will enter into force after it is signed by the President.
According to the law, no buildings, roads, streets, bridges or other public objects can bear the names or symbols of Communist origin. Local administrations must change the names of any such objects within a year. The renaming will be financed by the local budgets.
Public denial or justification of crimes of the Communist regime is illegal in Poland, and can lead to penalties.
In February, the Ukrainian parliament passed a decommunisation law which saw more than 160 villages and towns renamed.