Russia to Demand Penalties for Profanation of Soviet Army Monument in Sofia

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Bulgaria: Russia to Demand Penalties for Profanation of Soviet Army Monument in Sofia Photo by RIA Novosti.

The Russian government intends to formally request from Bulgarian authorities that they punish people who sprayed pink parts of the Soviet Army Monument in Sofia.

"The latest incident took place Wednesday. This is unfortunately far from being the first case of profanation of monuments of Soviet soldiers in Bulgaria," stated Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich.

"The authorities up to now have not reacted of our multiple expressions of concern regarding those acts of vandalism," added he as quoted by RIA Novosti.

Lukashevich further said that Russia will send formal letters to Bulgaria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the Sofia Town Hall.

He added that the Russian government will request Bulgarian authorities to take all measures needed to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.

Wednesday the Soviet Army Monument woke up with one relief showing Red Army soldiers sprayed pink and the words "We are sorry" written in Czech and Bulgarian.

The action is apparently occasioned by the 45th anniversary of the invasion in Czechoslovakia of Soviet and other Warsaw Pact armies' detachments - including Bulgarian ones - to crush the so-called 'Prague Spring.'

The event, widely reported by international media, provoked both approval and criticism in Bulgaria.

The most popular similar incident occured June 2011, when a relief group at the monument was sprayed to appear as popular US comics characters, with the inscription 'In Pace with Time.'

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King Boris - 23 Aug 2013 // 14:09:45

I take it all back. The monument looks fantastic in PINK. This is now art. How about an annual russian monument painting compeition with a serious prize. I will donate the first EUR 100. We do need a committe for the judging however. Maybe we could call the committee "The Soviet for Monument Art"

King Boris - 23 Aug 2013 // 14:03:03

These monuments to oppression look better in PINK. Just imagine how the Russian masters would feel if they had been bulldozed. These monuments have no artisitc value and desecrate the memory of Bulgarians who were killed by the commies. Entire families murdered. All the bronze could then be melted down into a memorial to the murdered.


peterperfect - 23 Aug 2013 // 08:15:08

Those who vandalized the monument have got just what they required haven't they? Their intention was to upset and annoy the authorities and the Russians and the Russian re-action has rewarded them with just what they wanted. It would have been far better to ignore,publicly, the vandalization and voice displeasure in private to the Bulgarian government. I don't hold with vandalism but do think that publicity only promotes it.

Tania Oz - 23 Aug 2013 // 07:32:55

Oh diddums, the Russians are upset about their monument are they. Perhaps they should save and redirect their outrage and pathos for the millions of their soldiers that were left to perish by starvation and hypothermia after they served their purpose for Stalin's Soviet Russia and then were promptly forgotten about.

Yane - 23 Aug 2013 // 03:51:14

So, you are against that the law should be followed and you are also against that criminals would do some honest work?

Russophobe - 22 Aug 2013 // 17:01:39

The Russian masters have spoken so now we can expect the perpetrators of this 'crime' to be caught immediately, along with the 2 previous 'criminals' and their swift extradition to Russkiland so that they are sent to do hard labor in Siberia.

Meanwhile, the gangsters and other organized crime figures close to the commies (and Russia of course) are free like birds driving their Bentleys around Sofia like they own the place (actually they really do)............

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