The initiator of removal of a Russian monument in Prague is put under heavy protection.

The head of the Central Prague District, Ondrzej Kolarge, who initiated the removal of the monument to Marshal of the Soviet Union Ivan Konev, was put under protection. It is reported by the Czech publication Respekt.

It is noted that the Kolarge became in danger after the statement of Putin, who called for criminal punishment to initiators of the monument removal. After this, the Czech politician received protection, according to the publication. “Our sources claim that a Russian citizen recently arrived in Prague who could be dangerous for Kolarge,” the article says.

In addition to Kolarge, security personnel was assigned to guard the head of Prague, Zdenek Grzyb, and the head of the Rzheporyye district, Pavel Novotny.

The monument to Konev in Prague was removed on April 3. In this regard, on April 10, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under part three of Article 354.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Desecration of the symbols of Russia's military glory, committed publicly”). The Czech Foreign Ministry said in response that they consider the persecution of their officials by a foreign state unacceptable.

After 2016, the role of Konev in history was revised in the Czech Republic. In addition to information about the commander's role in the liberation of Prague from Nazis, a mention of the suppression of the Hungarian uprising of 1956 and introduction of troops into Czechoslovakia in 1968 appeared on the monument's plate.

As we remember, on August 20, 1968, 650 000 Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia to put out the so-called Prague Spring.

https://www.respekt.cz/galerie/konev-zakryty-a-odkryty

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Tags: Prague, Russia, Putin, Ukraine

Location: Prague, Czechia