Russia aims to prosecute destruction of war monuments abroad
April 8, 2020
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As in most Eastern European countries, the Soviets were at first viewed as liberators, but soon turned to arresting anyone who was pro-Western, a member of the particular country's intelligentsia, and setting up a Communist government that was particularly "close" to the USSR politically. Then came the Warsaw Pact thereby insuring that the Eastern European countries would join and help "protect" Communism and offer a buffer zone for Mother Russia should Western Europe try to attack East. The people of the Eastern European countries therefore viewed the Soviet generals and others who had statues erected of them as being oppressive. It's actually a wonder why it took so long for the governments in these previous USSR dominated countries to take down these monuments to oppression. They should either put them into a large national museum about WWII and after or they should ship them back to Russia so that they can reinstall them in a place that they can honor.
While the statues may commemorate the liberation of the Czech Republic and the rest of Eastern Europe from nazi occupation, they also represent the beginning of 46 years of soviet occupation of the Czech Republic and the rest Eastern Europe.
Why would any laws enacted by Russia concern citizens of other sovereign countries?
Countries that have unwanted "soviet" era monuments should inform Russia that they have a certain length of time...say 90 days... to remove the monument(s) and return them to Russia. After said length of time, the country will dispose of the monuments however it sees fit.
i would teardown these monuments if my country was subjected to soviet occupation for several decades too. What the Russians see verses what their neighbors who were former soviet territories are two completely different realities
The Soviets did a remarkable job fighting the Germans in WWII. The resulting communist subjugation of Eastern Europe was as disgrace however. The new regimes are going to get rid of the statues, and rightfully so. Had the Soviet Union not trampled on the rights of these peoples and went home when the war was over, they would gladly keep a few statues.
Putin came from a cold war KGB spy master heritage. He undoubtedly ordered the executions of Russians whose only crime was to resist the totalitarian regime that he adores and wants to return to. He would make Stalin proud.
Instread of wasting time and money on something it cannot change, Russia should invest in developing friendship with the West. It is in its own best interest. The fact Putin is more focused and desires attempts to rebulld the USSR is what is keeping Russia from advancing. Nothing will change for Russia tills Russia itself changes.
Russia basically saying it has policing authority over smaller "not real" countries.
At this moment there are 29 reactions to this "story" about Russian hurt feelings. Each and every one is a denunciation of the attempt by Russia to sugarcoat its pre-war, wartime and post war complicity in starting the war, its invasion of Finland, its atrocities against Poland, Katyn Forest, as well as Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian, and Moldavian political murders and mass deportations. Never mind the post-war enslavement of Eastern Europe and military suppression of uprisings in East Germany, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Naked aggression against ones neighbors is still a Crime against Humanity.
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