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Commenting article: The Soviet Army Monument in Sofia: Keep It but Explain It!

The fate of the large monument of the Soviet Army in downtown Sofia is one of the most controversial issues in today's Bulgaria for two major reasons.

First, because it is a matter of historical memory relevant to the nation's coming to terms with its own communist past with some sort of a consensus – a virtually impossible task, which is much harder for Bulgaria than for other former communist countries such as Poland and Hungary.

Second, because it is a major landmark of the Bulgarian capital, and its preservation, removal, or destruction will affect Sofia's cityscape.

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#1
bogomil - 28 Jan 2011 // 06:43:46

A very well-rounded article, Mr Dikov.. Your logic establishes a spirit of compromise on an issue which would otherwise cater to one extreme or the other, while disregarding the middle.. BRAVO !!

#2
rpadalsky - 29 Jan 2011 // 11:56:29

Liked this overview of controversial attitudes. I miss however a clearer emphasis on the monument’s value as architectural and sculptural landmark and the tribute to its creators. It is indisputably an enjoyable sight in our overbuilt capital creating a feeling of calmness, freedom and open space and should be maintained and preserved also because of this value. The alleged disregard of the place by the municipal authorities can’t be justified by political schemes and simplification. They’re rather obliged to the attitude of contemporary interpretation of the history and of the objective role of Russian people obliterating the Nazism.
Regrettably, our society isn’t becoming wiser and moderate. In the same manner as in the former epoch the regime dictated one solely orthodox philosophy, now the currently prevailing political forces (mostly for an election term) try to impose by administrative acts their view on the society instead of cultivating a moderate attitude with respect to pluralism – one of the fundamental values in the beginning of the transition to democracy. Without any sign of pluralism and respect for the others’ opinion anymore, our society is still facing its biggest challenge: unification in the name of national prosperity.

#3
Buddy - 30 Jan 2011 // 20:15:06

Quite Right you are!

#4
RockDetente - 31 Jan 2011 // 19:21:07

Build a monument of the US Army instead! To honor the brave american people , who , twice in the Bulgarian history, liberated us!

#5
Chushki - 31 Jan 2011 // 19:59:48

Rockhead

''Build a monument of the US Army instead! To honor the brave american people , who , twice in the Bulgarian history, liberated us!''

This is a Bulgarian forum NOT a Belgian.

#6
Pantudi - 31 Jan 2011 // 20:31:16

Chuski,

"This is a Bulgarian forum NOT a Belgian."

More accurately, this is a dumb BG forum and the moderators are a bunch of clowns. How do I know that? Well, they tried to ban me because I wrote that dedo Gosho and DrFotze are idiots, which is a true and accurate statement....Go figure

#7
RockDetente - 31 Jan 2011 // 20:44:47

To Chuski!

Are you insane? Who told you that is a Belgian forum. Don`t drink and write!

#8
RockDetente - 31 Jan 2011 // 20:46:50

to Chuski again:

Sorry, Now it become clear that you lack completely a basic sense of humour and irony.
I went far beyond your IQ, my apologies!

#9
Nellieherself - 31 Jan 2011 // 22:01:00

@Roc

What did you expect from a burned out roasted pepper?

#10
Nellieherself - 31 Jan 2011 // 22:04:17

Pan

I see they couldn't ban you. You keep turning up here just to prove that they can't keep a good man down.

I have been "banned" for over 2 years now.

#11
Chushki - 31 Jan 2011 // 22:11:17

Rockhead!You're yet another of baba nellie's sock puppets!

#12
DrFaust - 11 Feb 2011 // 09:24:25

"I went far beyond your IQ, my apologies!"

Don't expect to much from a demented rotten vegetable like Chushki. His only interests are sex with children (he is mentioning it in almost each of his postings) and displaying his complete lack of intelligence on this forum.