Moscow Scolds Sofia For 'Acts of Vandalism' Against Monuments

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Bulgaria: Moscow Scolds Sofia For 'Acts of Vandalism' Against Monuments In 2011 the soldiers of the Soviet army monument in Sofia were painted as American pop culture figures. Photo: BGNES

Russia urges Bulgarian authorities to put an end to all acts of painting and otherwise “decorating” Soviet army monuments in Bulgaria, reports ITAR-TASS.

In an official statement, dated September 9, Russia's foreign ministry urges the authorities “to  decisively terminate the acts of vandalism and mockery of the memory of Soviet warriors, who fell for the liberation of Bulgaria and Europe from fascism”.

“The most recent attempt of ultra-right circles in Bulgaria to deface the monument of the Soviet army in Sofia in the night of September 7 causes nothing but outrage”, the statement read. “It is most cynical that this act of vandalism was planned for the eve of September 9 – the 70-th anniversary of the liberation of Bulgarian from fascism.”

According to Russia's foreign ministry, by defacing the Soviet army monument  the “right-wing radicals” were aiming at “representing in a negative light the centuries old friendship between Russia and Bulgaria and our help and support for the Bulgarian people.”

The reaction of Russia's foreign ministry comes in response to the arrest of four activists of the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria party who tried to paint “Occupiers” on the Soviet army monument in downtown Sofia. 

It was the latest of many paintings and decorations of the monument, which started with the 2011 painting of the soldiers at the foot of the monument as American pop culture figures.

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sa-sha - 11 Sep 2014 // 11:44:47

"when the time comes for Commies to finally get their comeuppance"...!!!....And how not to respect this outstanding, though a bit seedy, Author? ;-). The today's "Commies" are just Big Boss &Co, right?: the same rhetoric, the same stubborn confidence in the own rightness, the same rejection of another point of view..... Taking it into account, I support the Seedy-Commie' flaming desire to get comeuppance. He and all those alike deserve it. Let their dream come true! ;-)

Agent Piccadilly - 10 Sep 2014 // 22:40:17

The way some of these Bulgarian traitors have desecrated the shrines to liberty are a disgrace, and all involved should be arrested and public trials held where citizens can denounce these vandals as counter revolutionary scum. Let justice be served.

Seedy - 10 Sep 2014 // 20:46:39

Keep (fellow) travelling, Creep - just don't stand too close to any walls when the time comes for Commies to finally get their comeuppance....

Optimistic - 10 Sep 2014 // 18:43:37

If Russia didnt interfere Bulgaria would still be ruled by Turks and Eastern Europe by German Facists.

Russia needs to interfere to fight Facism.

The monuments to fallen Comrades are really important and I like visiting them in my travels in Eastern Europe.

True Bulgarian - 10 Sep 2014 // 17:58:40

Last time I checked these ugly monuments are in Bulgaria and as a sovereign nation we can do whatever we want with them. Why do Russians have a compulsive desire to stick their noses in Eastern Europe?

Russia should focus on its own collapsed economy and stop interfering in the internal affairs of Bulgaria and other neighbors who don't want Russia interfering, harassing or invading.

Kircho - 10 Sep 2014 // 16:43:07

May the protesters continue their good deeds defacing those grotesque propaganda montrosities that celebrate Russian terror, oppression, murder and totalitarianism in Bulgaria and in Eastern Europe. Put those decrepit monuments in a museum of totalitarian ideology or send them back to Russia.

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