Sofia Monument Painted with 'Putin, Go Home!'
The Mound of Brothers monument in Sofia was painted again on Wednesday night.
The inscription under the two main figures says “Putin, Go Home!” and “Glory to the Goryani”.
The Goryani were a guerrilla resistance against the communist regime in Bulgaria, most active in the late 1940's and the first half of the 1950's.
Two figures on each side of the monument were painted in blue and yellow and white and red – the colors of the Ukrainian and Polish flags. One one side was written “Crimea” and on the other - “Katyn 5.III.40”.
On Wednesday is marked the anniversary of the Katyn massacre in which the USSR murdered thousands of Polish officers, soldiers and intellectuals.
This is the second time the Mound of Brothers is “decorated” in less than a week – the first time the two main figures were packed in red and white as martenitsa on March 1.
This is the second monument, commemorating Bulgaria's communist past, which is being painted. The other one is the Soviet Army monument in the center of Sofia, which was also painted twice within the past several weeks – with slogans referring to the events in Ukraine.
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Many other countries would station a permanent guard on this monument seeing as how frequently it is targetted by artists/protestors. The USSR was a wicked country and many bad things were done in Mother Russias name. Over 100 years ago the Russians were the heroes of Bulgaria helping to overthrow Ottoman slave masters. In history it seems there are swings and round-a-bouts. One centuries monsters are anothers heroes.
Whatever the story behind a monument is, the monument is there for a reason. Like a previous poster said, it resembles a grave of people who sacrified themselves for Bulgaria. Seedy, you are a right winger, and how would you like if communists started to paint a monument resembling you or your grave? Think again.
Monuments are there to be admired and to be seen, not a playground for immature people. I do not support paiting/vandalizing any monuments or statues nor graffiti for that matter as it does nothing but shows a degree of disrespect and make the city looks ugly.
A graffiti/vandlism free town is something I have yet to find...
Hey it's just a bit of paint, nothing is destroyed ("vandalized").
I don't understand why everyone gets so worked up about the adding of some color to a disgusting brutalist piece of "architecture" or "art" that should have been removed a long time ago. The color can be washed away very easily anyway. In this country there are daily attacks on the streets when someone doesn't look "sufficiently Bulgarian" and mosques, synagogues and Jewish cemeteries are destroyed and vandalized almost on a daily basis. But it seems that Jews and Muslims, or people who are not sharing the Stalinist view of history or who are different than the mainstream don't deserve a protest when they are attacked or even killed in Bulgaria or their historical monuments or places of worship are getting destroyed. Typical hypocrisy of a certain sort of so-called self-proclaimed "patriots". Revolting!
Seedy, you can not alter the history, nor remove the "shame" by painting a monument, dedicated to people, that have gave their lives for a cause, even if their cause contradicts your views, by doing this you just show to the word how stupid you are. And at the end - if instead of just hating, you had read about the things you hate, you should have known that this monument does not depict any russians, but bulgarians, killed by the tsarist regime in Bulgaria during WW2. Actually they are buried there, and if you are happy of desecrating graves, I can just feel pity for you, and the others, done this barbaric painting.
"..the shame for bulgaria can not easily be removed...": actually it IS being removed - every time this monument to a bunch of uncivilised and ignorant savages is redecorated, a little bit of the disgusting taste of Soviet domination is washed away. And this is NOT a "Russian" monument - it belongs to Bulgaria....at least until Putin decides to "liberate" the mythical Russki citizens portrayed on it ;)
Vladimir K, it is sad that the vandalism against Russian monuments is approved and greeted by some right medias, here in Bulgaria and the vandals themselves are proud of their foolishness.
And yes, although you will not be able to read this in sites like this one, actually the vandalised monuments are cleaned by volunteers, for example the paint from the other monument of the Soviet Army was cleaned just a few hours after it was painted, but the shame for bulgaria can not easily be removed.
Asen Guenov, I agree with you. Finally a good Bulgarian on this rightwings website and yes, this vandalism makes bad headlines for both Russia and Bulgaria as it's apparently on the news.
I think the only way to stop this embarassing acts is to clean it up immediately, not write about it in the news, and simply not to make a big deal out of it.
They're clearly targeting the same monuments over and over, I wouldn't think it's too hard to prosecute these people.
You make me proud BG, keep up the good work!
I used to support sending that statue to the Museum of Communism in Darvenitsa but I think seeing it as a screen to anti-communism where every week there's an interesting message spray painted on it makes it even more useful for it to stay right where it is.
As a Bulgarian I should say that this vandalism against historic monuments is not supported by the majority of the Bulgarian population. There are a few sick people who still live in the cold war and who are ready to destroy or mock everything concerning Russia and the sad fact is because of them Bulgaria often enters the news with such shameful acts.