The management of the Institute of National Remembrance honoured the memory of the victims of the Katyn Massacre and paid tribute to the nearly 22,000 Polish prisoners of war murdered by the NKVD on the orders of the Soviet authorities. The President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Dr Jarosław Szarek and the Deputy President of the Institute, Dr Mateusz Szpytma, laid flowers by the Katyn Cross on Fr.Studziński Square in Kraków. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic official commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the Soviet crime were cancelled.
"Those who died in Katyn did not renounce their independent Homeland. That is why they were murdered. The Katyn Massacre was committed so that there would be no more free Poland", said the IPN's President Dr Jarosław Szarek in an interview for the Polish Radio.