SK filed a case over the dismantling of the monument to Marshal Konev in Prague

In the Main investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation brought criminal case on signs of the crime provided by part 3 of article 354.1 to the criminal code – “the Desecration of symbols of Russia’s military glory, committed publicly.”

This monument Twice hero of the Soviet Union Marshal of the Soviet Union Ivan Stepanovich Konev was inaugurated on may 9, 1980, at Square Brigade in Prague as a historical reminder of saving the city from complete destruction by German fascist invaders in his release from the occupation forces in may 1945.

Photo: EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK Shoigu asks SC to bring to justice demolition of monuments to Soviet soldiers

But the memory of the city authorities of Prague were not very long – 3 April 2020 to the eve of the Victory Day over Nazi Germany, the monument to Ivan Konev was desecrated.

As said Petrenko, a group of citizens statue of Marshal Konev removed from the pedestal using a crane and ropes. When it knocked all the memorial inscriptions.

After this unfriendly gesture, defense Minister Sergei Shoigu wrote a letter to a Czech colleague, Lubomir Metaru with a request to give Russia a monument to Marshal Ivan Konev. And, she asked, “as soon as possible” to transfer the monument.

the Head of communications of the Ministry of defense of the Czech Jan Pasek their reporters, said that his office received a letter Shoigu. But can not do anything, as the monument is the property of the municipal authorities of the district Prague 6.

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At the Czech Ministry of defence has decided not to remember that the monument to Marshal Ivan Konev was installed on money of inhabitants of Prague in gratitude for the fact that the Marshal was ordered not to use heavy artillery during the liberation of Prague from the Nazis in may 1945, to save the city.

According to our Investigative Committee, “such a cynical action of the municipal authorities of the city of Prague grossly violated assumed by the Czech Republic of obligations under bilateral agreements with the Russian Federation, demonstrating its disregard for the shared memory and the history of the struggle of the Soviet people against fascism”.