The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic “categorically rejected” Russia’s intervention in the internal Affairs of the Czech Republic in connection with the opening of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation criminal case against the municipal authorities of Prague because of the dismantling of the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev. This is stated in the statement of the Czech foreign Ministry, published April 10.
“The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic categorically rejects the interference of state authorities of the Russian Federation in the internal Affairs of the Czech Republic. If the Russian authorities will continue their confrontational statements and actions in the same spirit, it will be a signal that they have lost interest in the development of mutually beneficial relations between our countries”, – said in a statement.
The foreign Ministry stressed that local self-government in the Czech Republic “is an integral part of the constitutional order” and “the prosecution of democratically elected representatives of the foreign state for the execution of their mandate unacceptable.”
MFA also indicates that the Czech Republic respects all the fallen soldiers who fought for the liberation of the country during the Second world war, and recalls that, in addition to the Russians for the liberation of the former Czechoslovakia fought “Ukrainians, Belarusians and other peoples of the former USSR”.
“The monument to Marshal Konev is a war memorial and the subject of a Treaty of friendship and cooperation of 1993, but the moving of the statue was inconsistent with the wording. However, we would like to remind the Russian side that while the Czech Republic was duly 4224 takes care of military graves, monuments or memorials, which, unlike the statue of Marshal Konev, subject to the provisions of the Agreement between the government of the Czech Republic and the government of the Russian Federation, war memorials to fallen Czechoslovak legionaries in Samara, Novokuybyshevsk and other places in Russia is still not restored,” the statement stresses.
The Ministry added that “if Russia was interested in obtaining the statue of Marshal Konev, she would have had to negotiate with the owner of the monument, and it is not the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic”.
During the Second world war, Prague – at that time the capital of Czechoslovakia – was released as a result of the Prague offensive 6-11 may 1945. Konev was one of the commanders of the Soviet group of forces.
However, in the Czech Republic to Konev negative attitude because of his involvement in the suppression of the Prague spring in August 1968. In 2018, the Czech Republic recognized the events of the invasion and occupation.
Konev monument dismantled April 3, 2020. The head of the district Prague 6 ondřej kolář joked that he did it in compliance with the quarantine, because Konev was without a mask. The Czech authorities have stated that they plan to place the monument in the Museum memory of the twentieth century.
After the dismantling of the monument Sledkov RF opened a criminal case under part 3 of article 354.1 to the Criminal code (desecration of symbols of Russia’s military glory, committed publicly). “As believes a consequence, such cynical actions 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”, – stated in the SC.