In Sofia, Bulgaria, proposed to dismantle the monument to Soviet soldiers, which caused sharp criticism from Russia. On 21 may reports Svobodna Evropa.
The proposal to move the monument was made on may 6, the head Lozenech of Sofia district Konstantin Pavlov. He invited the mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova to move it to the Museum of socialist art, which was created under the leadership of the then Minister of culture vezhdi Rashidov in 2011 and contains a number of works of monumental architecture of the Communist period. Among them the monuments to Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and the Bulgarian revolutionary Georgi Dimitrov, the red star of the former House of the party, and others.
The monument is a bronze sculpture of two Soviet soldiers with the inscription “glory to the Soviet liberators.” It is located in the Park Cherni-Vrah.
On this proposal, reacted sharply to the Russian side. In particular, the Ambassador of Russia in Bulgaria Anatoly Makarov addressed a letter to Pavlov, expressing “deep indignation”. Photo letters Bulgarian politician has published in his Facebook on may 20.
Makarov called the sculpture “monument-the crypt” and stated that there may be the remains of Soviet soldiers. Attempt to move the monument he called “a cruel deception the memory of the 27 million victims, which gave the Soviet people, to save Europe from the brown plague”. In addition, according to the Russian Ambassador, the excavation of the tomb can be blasphemous and “interpreted as an attempt to rehabilitate Nazism.”
Pavlov, in turn, said in a letter to Makarov that I agree with his statement on only one issue – that the district administration has the right to formulate their own opinion about the development Lozenech district.