Poland has officially protested against the removal by the Russian authorities of Polish flags from the Katyn war cemetery, a presidential official has said.
Activists from the western Russian city of Smolensk have petitioned the country's parliament, the Duma, to demolish a symbolic memorial site to the Katyn massacre and a cemetery for its victims, Russian daily Kommersant has reported.
Polish President Andrzej Duda laid flowers on Friday at Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in tribute to more than 20,000 Polish prisoners of war executed by the NKVD Soviet secret police in Katyn, western Russia, and other locations in the spring of 1940.
Polish Ambassador in Russia Włodzimierz Marciniak headed the Polish delegation to Wednesday's commemorations of the 1940 Katyń Massacre of Polish POWs by Soviet security police, at the Polish War Cemetery in Katyń, western Russia.
Jersey City Council decided on Thursday to remove the Katyń Memorial from the Exchange Square where it stands now. There were six votes for moving the monument 60 metres from its current location and three against.