Polish Senate passes draft law banning "Bandera ideology"
In the early hours of Thursday, February 1, the Polish Senate passed the draft law on the Institute of National Remembrance of Poland, which, among other things, provides for punishment for denying the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists (supporters of the so-called "Bandera ideology").
The vote took place at 03:00 Kyiv time. The bill was backed by 57 senators without amendments, while 23 were against it, and two more senators abstained, as reported by TVN24.
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As UNIAN reported earlier, the Polish Sejm on January 26 voted for the bill submitted by the Kukiz'15 party setting a ban on promoting the so-called "Bandera ideology," with its historic roots stemming from Ukraine.
In this regard, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed concern, saying that Poland was trying to portray Ukrainians as "criminal nationalists."
The Israeli Foreign Ministry, in turn, called Deputy Ambassador of Poland in Tel Aviv for explanations in connection with the amendments in the draft law on the Institute of National Remembrance. In particular, it bans any claims that the Polish people or Polish state were responsible or complicit in the Nazis' crimes, crimes against humanity or war crimes, thus, it bill criminalizes allegations of the Polish nation's complicity in the Holocaust.