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Russian press agency corrects ‘Polish camp’ article

The text accompanied a story about Russia’s Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, and related to the Sobibór death camp where Nazi Germans killed at least 200,000 people during World War II.

“We believe that the memory of Russian victims of the camp - among others - requires that one of the main media agencies in Russia remember that it was a death camp created by Nazi Germany on the territory of occupied Poland," the Polish Ambassador to Russia, Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

The use of the term "Polish concentration camp” by international media outlets has inspired numerous complaints from Poland in recent years, prompting some news agencies to change their style guidelines. In 2007, following a Polish request, the World Heritage Committee attempted to clarify the matter by listing the Auschwitz camp as a "German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp”.

Wednesday marked the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, another death camp built and operated by Nazi Germans.