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Russian Activists Rally In Solidarity With Poland

The memorial in the Katyn forest. The Solidarity movemenet is calling for the declassification of all information abouth the Katyn massacre.
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Russian opposition Solidarity movement held a "picket of solidarity with the Polish nation" at the Polish Consulate in St. Petersburg today, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Olga Kurnosova, a Solidarity leader, told RFE/RL that the movement decided to hold the rally since the international community today is marking Katyn Day in commemoration of some 22,000 Polish officers and intellectuals shot on the orders of Josef Stalin in the Katyn forest in 1940.

It also comes amid mourning for the death of Polish President Lech Kacyznski and dozens of other top Polish officials in a plane crash near Smolensk while en route to a memorial for the Katyn victims on April 10.

Kurnosova said Solidarity is urging Russian officials to reveal all details regarding "Stalin's crime" and to declassify all documents related to the tragedy.

"We need to know all the truth to the end, we need to know the names of those who executed the Polish officers," Kurnosova said.

The picket was sanctioned by St. Petersburg authorities.