Senate pays tribute to Katyn victims - 3/31/2005
The Senate paid tribute to the murdered Polish prisoners of war on the 65th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. Senators passed a resolution that calls on the Russian authorities to acknowledge that the Katyn murder was a crime of genocide and to hand over all the records from the Russian investigation into the murder to the National Remembrance Institute The Senate paid homage to the memory of Katyn victims with one minute's silence. "On the 65th anniversary of the Katyn murder the Senate pays tribute to the murdered, best sons of the homeland and those who fought for the truth about the murder to come to light, also the Russians who fought for the truth, despite harassment and persecution" - the resolution said. The resolution stressed that the authorities of the Russian Federation "seek to diminish the burden of this crime by refusing to acknowledge it was genocide and refuse to give access to the records of the investigation into the issue, making it difficult to determine the whole truth about the murder and its perpetrators." The resolution called on the Russian authorities to "acknowledge that the Katyn murder was genocide, in line with international law, and to clarify all its circumstances and determine perpetrators (...)". "We expect that the Russians should hand over all (...) the records of the investigation carried out by the Russian public prosecutor's office to the National Remembrance Institute as a matter of urgency" - the resolution said.
Based on the service of the Polish Press Agency (PAP)
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