The Leningrad District Court of Kaliningrad recognized the book “Katyn. In the footsteps of a crime" banned for distribution, writes "Cold". The site where it can be downloaded was blocked by the court.
According to the court, the book contains "rehabilitation of Nazism" and violates the Federal Law "On Perpetuating the Victory of the Soviet People in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945".
According to the conclusions of the linguistic expertise, the book "contains information about the identification of the goals, decisions and actions of the leadership of the USSR, the command and military personnel of the USSR (Red Army) with the goals, decisions and actions of the leadership of Nazi Germany." As an example, the authors of the examination point out that the book provides information not only about the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, but also about the USSR's invasion of Poland two weeks after that.
“The information given in the book, based on the results of the study, testifies to the negative attitude of the authors towards the Soviet state in the form of government that was under Stalin I.V. and the communist regime and which the authors identify with the state policy of the current Russian state, pursued by the President of the Russian Federation V. V. Putin, and it is said that Russia continues to behave like an occupying state, trampling on the sovereignty of other countries, pursuing an aggressive policy, ”the court decision says.
The book was published by the Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Accord.
The Katyn massacre is a war crime, the massacres of Polish citizens, mostly captured officers of the Polish army, carried out in the spring of 1940. The executions were carried out by decision of a special "troika" of the NKVD of the USSR in accordance with the resolution of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks of March 5, 1940. According to the published archival documents, a total of 21,857 people were shot.
Last year, the Russian Foreign Ministry marked the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland by posting on its official Twitter account, calling the partition of Poland between Stalin and Hitler "a liberation campaign greeted with jubilation."