17:51 Apr. 21, 2016
Memorial to Polish writer and Gulag prisoner was vandalized in Russian Arkhangelsk region
Oleg Reutov, the head of one of the Arkhangelsk region's districts, publicly praised a vandalistic act committed against the memorial sign of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, the Polish prisoner of Soviet camps, writer and journalist.
During a session of district Council one of the deputies shared the information about the monument's desecration with his colleagues. The incident took place in the village of Yartsevo. Reutov reacted in quite an unexpected way by saying 'they have done it right!', according to the deputies present at the meeting.
Oleg Reutov himself unveiled the memorial stone of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński in 2013.
Gustaw Herling-Grudziński was a Polish writer, journalist, essayist, World War II underground fighter and political dissident abroad during the communist system in Poland.
He is best known for writing a personal account of life in the Soviet Gulag entitled 'A World Apart' first published in 1951 in London.
Reporting by Radio Poland