Russia Sends Protest Note to Bulgaria Over Soviet Monument Desecration

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Bulgaria: Russia Sends Protest Note to Bulgaria Over Soviet Monument Desecration Photo of the painted Soviet monument in Sofia. Photo by

Russia has sent a note of protest to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry demanding to bring to justice those guilty of desecration of a monument to Soviet warriors.

“We express our deep indignation at the desecration of the monument to Soviet warriors-liberators in Lozenets district in Sofia on the night of August 17,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released Wednesday.

“In light of this outrageous act of vandalism, a note of protest was sent at once to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry demanding taking measures to prevent incidents of this kind in the future, bringing those guilty of the act to justice and restoring the respectable look of the monument,” the ministry continued in the statement, as cited by Ria Novosti.

The Soviet monument was covered in red paint at the night of August 17. This is not the first time that the monument – ossuary of Soviet soldiers has been vandalized. It was painted red on the eve of the celebrations of the 123rd anniversary of the Socialist Movement in Bulgaria and the Day of the Bulgarian Socialist Party on August 2.

On May 8, the flags of Ukraine and the European Union were painted on it, with the words "Europe Day instead of Victory Day" in reference to the celebrations of the Day of peace and unity in Europe and of the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War both marked on May 9.

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sa-sha - 22 Aug 2014 // 17:41:39

...concentration camps...

sa-sha - 22 Aug 2014 // 17:36:20

In 1940, the Soviets murdered more than 22 thousand Poles, right. And it was the crime.
"De Gaulle and Roosevelt did not know about the Gulag"---oh, yes, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn introduced the TERM
"GULag" to the Western world in 1973 only (i.e. when De Gaulle and Roosevelt were already in heavens) with the publication of his "The GULag Archipelago". But both De Gaulle and Roosevelt were PERFECTLY aware about the PHENOMENON, about the horrifying consentration camps in the USSR of those times...

Warfou - 22 Aug 2014 // 15:55:39

Yes. On 23rd of August, 1939 Molotov and von Ribbentrop signed an agreement through which the USSR had been given green light to attack Poland, Finland and the Baltic states. Interesting is that in 1935 Hitler proposed Poland to join the Anti-Komintern pact and become his ally in a planned campaign against the USSR to win the "Lebensraum". Marshall Pilsudski refused, some say that unfortunately. More than two weeks after the Nazi-German attack, on 17th of September 1939 the Russian "slavic brothers" gave Poland a stab from the back by entering it and conquering the area being bigger than what the Germans took. These area was never given back to Poland, but in 1945 Poland got a part of Germany in exchange, (much smaller btw.). All this was purportedly planned by Stalin to inspire hostilities between Poland and Germany in a future which should make it easier for the Soviet Union to control Poland ("we are protectors of your integrity"). Poland had to expatriate the Germans living there to make place for the Poles thrown out by Soviets. In 1940, the Soviets murdered 20.000 Polish POWs they took captive in 1939, considering them "hostility to the soviet society". It was the price Poland has paid for Pilsudski's refusal.

Kurentzo Milapash - 22 Aug 2014 // 15:39:06

Because we don't have what to do with our rotten tomatoes. A shit storm is on its way also!

Optimistic - 22 Aug 2014 // 15:34:49

Riichie, Germany would have beaten Poland easily, Russia lost more people in WW2 than anyone else, they fought back against the Germans, Stalingrad was the turning point, when the Red Army won in Stalingrad it was the start of the victory over Germany.

According to German historians the German soldiers really hated katyusha rockets and the Russians had more people and equipment and they used it wisely.

The Germans tried to starve Leningrad into submission but it held out.

Riichie - 22 Aug 2014 // 15:09:36

"Poland would still be under German Facists if it was not for The USSR" (Optimistic): Poland might never have been under German Fascists if it wasn't for the deal the USSR made with these Fascists to split Poland between them in 1939...

Optimistic - 22 Aug 2014 // 14:47:10

For this years comemoration of the Normandy landings the US Obama wanted President Putin to be excluded from the cermonies in France.

The French President disagreed and made sure President Putin was there and treated as a respected guest because of the Russian contribution in fighting Facism.

Warfou - 22 Aug 2014 // 13:38:16

De Gaulle and Roosevelt did not know about the Gulag.

Graves of soviet soldiers are being protected in Poland, need to say that they are often in a better condition than those in Russia. Soviet memorials are not the same.

Krak?w was indeed saved by a joint action by Polish AK partisans and the Red Army. But Warsaw was burnt to the ground by Germans after the 44' Uprising lasting 63 days, while the Red Army stood on the second bank of the Vistula and did not help. The Warsaw fighters were commanded by Polish exile government in London, and Stalin already had his communists government of "Polish People's Republic" installed in the east of this country. This is why he did not help. Vladimir Vysotskiy, famous Russian/Soviet poet noted this issue in a 1973's poem ("дороги, дороги") where he writes about "tanks wet from tears".

Since the end of Yeltsin's times, Russian historians are again quite reluctant to this problem but resolving it would improve relationships between the two countries.

Vladimir K. - 22 Aug 2014 // 12:30:26

Bulgarian youth have the brain of a squirrel, with no sence of dignity or respect for anything but their drugs and messed up views. Russia is right about locking these fuckers up until they realise what damage they caused. And now I don't mean the bulgarian prison where you get water and two croassaints a day but a real one in Krasnoyarsk krai.

sa-sha - 22 Aug 2014 // 12:23:05

“The French know that Soviet Russia played the key role in their liberation” (Charles de Gaulle).
“With a Nation [Russia] which in saving itself is thereby helping to save all the world from the Nazi menace, this country of ours [USA] should always be glad to be a good neighbor and a sincere friend in the world of the
future” (Franklin D.Roosevelt)
Russia defeated Hitler in 1945 and saved the "Civilized Europe" from the Nazis' enslavement. Undisputable fact.
Further: "ugly monuments" ["Propaganda"] were built for Memory of those perished Russians, who, in particular, saved polish Krak?w from the total ruining by Germans in 1945.......You want to destroy ? Do it. Destroy, but do not dececrate.
Tania-the-Rat's Tail is her usual self - gruff. I'll buy the picture of this "person" today.

Liberator - 22 Aug 2014 // 01:08:26

Excellent point Warfou, Soviet monuments are not cemeteries but propaganda tools.

The Soviets were responsible for mass murder and tyranny in Eastern Europe.

Soviet monuments need to be destroyed.

Destroy them now.

Yane - 22 Aug 2014 // 00:24:05

This is a couple of idiots that are doing this, reminds me of that guy that set himself on fire and then a bunch of other morons started doing the same thing. These nutters don't represent Bulgaria, they need to be caught n thrown in jail!

Optimistic - 21 Aug 2014 // 23:06:11

This is a painful topic, read the autobiography of Rudolf Hoss the Komodant of Auswitz or a book written by a journalist describing the life of Franz Stangal the Komodant of Treblinka.

They started on the T4 programme killing handicapped people in Germany, but later they also tested mass killing techniques on Poles and Russians.

Europe was rescued from this by the Red Army and millions of them died, monuments to their memory should not be desecreated.

Warfou - 21 Aug 2014 // 22:55:06

Germans first tested their mass killing techniques on their own people, the menthally ill ("Aktion T4"). It was gasification with carbon monoxide. This technique was then implemented against Jews, before Zyklon B was introduced.

Nazis' first intention was to kill european Jews. What regards Poles and Russians, they considered them "lower quality aryans" They were not intending to gasify them, at least at first, but rather to use them to a forced labour for the Reich. Most Poles and Russians who lost their lives in WWII died in a fight with Nazi Germans.

But let's stick to the topic. Soviet monuments are not cementaries, they were built for propaganda purposes. There is no need to keep them. They are not cementaries.

One also needs to mention, that Soviet gulags killed at least comparable amount of people as Nazi death camps.

Both nazism and communism are responsible for lots of crimes against humanity and should be banned.

Optimistic - 21 Aug 2014 // 22:31:32

Bulgaria would not exist without Russia.

Poland would still be under German Facists if it was not for The USSR.

The Germans tested their extermination techniques on Poles and Russians and then used them on the Jews.

The Red Army saved Europe from this and monuments dedicated to them should be treated with respect.

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