Largest memorial to Soviet soldiers in Lithuania to be dismantled in September

The contractor has already held a consultation on the method of dismantling the memorial to Soviet soldiers and declared its readiness to carry out the work. The City Council will decide on the demolition of the sculptures on September 14 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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Memorial at the Antakalnis cemetery

The memorial on the site of the largest burial place in Lithuania of Soviet soldiers who fell in the Great Patriotic War at the Antakalnis cemetery will be dismantled in September. This was reported by BNS with reference to the Vilnius municipality.

Now the city council is preparing a resolution to transfer the statues to the city's property. “After the adoption of the resolution and the translation of the sculptures, they will be promptly dismantled,” — says the message (quoted from LRT).

Grinda, the utility contractor, has already consulted on how to dismantle them and expressed readiness to carry out the work.

“The City Council meeting is scheduled for September 14,”— indicated by the municipality.

The war memorial at the Antakalnis cemetery was erected in 1951. More than 3,000 soldiers of the Red Army, including Lithuanians, who died in 1944 during the liberation of Vilnius, were buried on the site. In 1984, six granite steles were installed— figures depicting fighters.

In June of this year, the Lithuanian Department of Cultural Heritage removed the steles from the protection regime. Then the mayor of Vilnius, Remigius Simasius, said that further actions regarding these statues would depend on when the documentation would be “put in order” and the city council would announce its decision. “I hope that by the end of the summer they will not be left,” — he added.

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In Estonia, in early August, the Narva authorities decided to move the T-34 monument, located on the left bank of the river and marking the place where the Soviet troops crossed the river, in order to push the German troops back from the city.

August 16, the T-34 tank was removed from the pedestal to be sent to the Estonian War Museum.

Explaining the need to demolish the monument, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said that after February 24, military monuments of the USSR in the public space of Estonia “ceased to be only a local problem” ;.

Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Ivan Nechaev said that Moscow sent a note of protest to the Estonian Foreign Ministry because of the dismantling of the T-34 monument in Narva.

He called the dismantling the monument was a “shameful action”, since the entire process was controlled by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, special forces and units of the defense forces were involved.

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