SHORT STORY OF A LONG EXISTING DECREE - SO CALLED SMALL PENAL CODE (Krótka historia dlugo obowiazujacego dekretu, czyli o tzw. malym kodeksie karnym)
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The decree from 13 June 1946 on crimes especially dangerous in the period of rebuilding state was one of may penal acts passed after 1944. They were passed to protect new political regime and to realize its goals. It is known as 'small penal code'. It played important role to stabilize communist rule in Poland. It was supposed to be in power only in the period of 'rebuilding' the state, but in fact it was in power till 1970 (with small changes), when new penal code was introduced. Even major political turnover of 1956, when the code was strongly criticized, did not lead to abolish this extremely restricted decree.
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