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People’s Artist of Russia commented on the decision to demolish the monument to Soviet soldiers-liberators in Riga

The Latvian authorities allowed the demolition of the monument to the Soviet soldiers who liberated Riga from the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War. This was reported in the Parliament of Latvia. The People’s Artist of Russia Dmitry Tugarinov, the author of the monument to Alexander Suvorov on the St. Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, explained in this way what they are fighting for in Latvia.

– Also the enemies of those who liberated the country from the Nazis. It cannot be called anything other than stupidity and a desire to take revenge on the dead, ”Tugarinov told the Motherland correspondent. – Earlier, I said that the demolition of monuments is the desire of certain people to let future generations follow a new channel, an anti-cultural one.

The demolition of the monument to the Warriors of the Soviet Army, the liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from the Nazi invaders, is actually a “demolition” of Latvia’s own history, because Latvian craftsmen worked on the monument. It was to this monument that the inhabitants of Riga and Latvia brought flowers on Victory Day, which the municipal services hastily raked with a tractor. They did the same with the flowers that ended up on the monument the next day. As a result, the authorities simply decided to remove the monument.

It was created for seven years, from 1978 to 1985. The Riga artist and architect Alexander Bugaev worked on the monument; the sculptors People’s Artist of the Latvian SSR Lev Bukovsky, as well as Aivars Gulbis and Leonid Kristovsky; the architects Ermen Baliņš, Edwin Vecumnieks and Victor Zilgalvis; design engineers Gunars Beitiņš and Henrijs Latsis.

Russia has already stated that if the monument is dismantled, it must be brought to Russia. According to Dmitry Tugarinov, this is possible, the only question is who can finance the transport. The People’s Artist of Russia also fears for the burial places of the liberating Soviet soldiers in Latvia. It is possible that the current authorities of the country can destroy them, as well as the monument.


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