Warsaw city councilors have banned a 1945 monument of Polish-Soviet World War II brotherhood in arms from being returned to its place in a city square. The move, a reversal of their own previous decision, comes as ties between Warsaw and Moscow are strained over the conflict in eastern
Ukraine. The councilors voted 51-2 late Thursday to keep the massive bronze-and-stone monument, generally referred to as the “four sleeping men,” in a storeroom. It was temporarily taken there in 2011 to allow for the construction of a subway line in the area.The councilors decided in 2011 that it would return to the Vilnius Square in the city’s Praga district. But local residents protested, saying it was an unwanted remnant of the gone-by communist system and of its forced friendship with Moscow.