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Prague Shows No Respect to Russians Who Liberated It from Nazism

In other European countries this would be unthinkable as only political radicals are capable of this

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

Marshal Ivan Konev, the famous Soviet general who was responsible for liberating most of Eastern Europe from Nazi Germany and its allies has been a figure of respect. He has been immortalized in a series of busts and statues that can be found throughout Eastern Europe, including Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia. However, Czechia is a country that is beginning to act in a very “un-European” way after removing a monument of Marshal Konev from Prague.

Konev was the first Allied commander to enter the Czechslovakian capital after the Prague uprising in 1945 and was immortalized when a monument to him was erected in 1980. However, this cultural and historical monument was defiled when it was removed on April 3 by Prague District 6 mayor Ondřej Kolář. Kolář used the coronavirus state of emergency to remove the statue to avoid protests from “strange people from both the right and left scum,” as he described the people who opposed the statues removal.

Czech President Miloš Zeman shared outrage over the removed statue as “an abuse of the state of emergency,” but is yet to have the monument reinstated in Prague or delivered to Russia. Although Zeman may be friendly to Russia, there is little doubt he is an anomaly in a country that is continually moving towards Western liberalism.

The actions of Kolář is rather much closer akin to that of authoritarian and historical revisionist Ukraine who has long embarked in a process of removing all traces of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Although Western countries may oppose the Soviet Union and its guiding socialist ideology, even in liberal United Kingdom, the grave and monument to Karl Marx is preserved and not harassed in Highgate Cemetery, along with other communist figures like Mansoor Hekmat and Claudia Jones.

Czechoslovakia surrendered to the Nazi war machine in 1938 without a fight by handing over all their weapons, unlike the Polish who resisted in 1939. Czechoslovakia only had its statehood restored when the Soviet Union expelled the Nazis from the entirety of Eastern Europe.

Until its liberation in 1945, Czechoslovakia was one of the biggest collaborationist states with the Wehrmacht and saw the near complete extermination of its Jewish population. Czechoslovakia then carried out brutal deportation and ethnic cleansing at the end of World War II in the Sudetenland region against ethnic Germans. Around 2.5 million Germans were expelled, decimating the minority community in the country.

Despite this stain on its history, Czechia continues to proceed in the de-Sovietization of the country, refusing to pay respects to figures from its past.

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated: “Czechia respects Red Army soldiers, where in addition to the Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians and other nations of the then Soviet Union, fought for our liberation. The statue of Marshal Konev is a war memorial and is covered by the 1993 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, but the relocation of the statue does not contradict its wording. The MFA expects the statue to be treated with dignity.”

The Ministry then states “If the Russian Federation were interested in obtaining a statue of Marshal Konev, it would have to negotiate with its owner. This is not for the MFA. “

Effectively, although the Ministry claims it respects all victims of the Soviet Red Army and expects the statue to be treated with dignity, it is wiping its hands clean of taking any responsibility for the defiled monument. Czechia is not willing to go beyond words to defend its own history and those who died for its own statehood, and rather Mayor Kolář has free reign to do as he wants with no repercussion from the state. Kolář should be restrained at the state level and Prague should not keep aloof under far-fetched pretexts of non-interference in local self-government.

In other European countries – such as Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, the Netherlands – this would be absolutely unthinkable and only political marginals and radicals are capable of this. Yet  Czechia, that has submissively swung towards the West, is acting in a manner that not even the West engages in.

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GeorgeS
GeorgeS
April 15, 2020

While Konev may have entered Prague, prior to his arrival Prague had been liberated by the soldiers of the anti-communist Russian Liberation Army. That’s something the Czech people know and remember. Konev came over to take the credit afterward. It’s true that the removal of the statue has a Russophobic element to it, but unfortunately the current Russian federation fails to make a sharp distinction between its Soviet and non-Soviet history, preferring the “continuum” ideology that yields such unfortunate results.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  GeorgeS
April 15, 2020

It is a shame to treat the monument of Konev in such a horrible way.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 18, 2020

TASS: Czech foreign ministry expresses protest over rally outside consulate in St. Petersburg — The protest was triggered by the decision to tear down the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev — PRAGUE, April 18. /TASS/. The Czech Republic has expressed its protest over a rally, organized by the left-wing organization the “Other Russia” outside its Consulate General in St. Petersburg on April 16, ministry spokesperson Zuzana Stichova told reporters on Friday. “A diplomatic note has been sent to the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding the incident outside the Czech Republic’s Consulate General in St. Petersburg,” she said. “The [Russian] police… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 18, 2020

Czechs are not welcome any more in Russia. No Czech embassies needed, neither in Saint Petersburg nor in Moscow. Close your embassies and go home! Stay home!

Olivia Kroth
April 15, 2020

TASS: Kremlin prefers Soviet Marshal Konev monument to be restored in Czech Republic or Russia — The monument to Marshal Konev was taken down from its pedestal by the decision of municipal authorities of the Prague-6 district, as they say, to be showcased in the ‘Museum of the 20th century’, which is still to be built MOSCOW, April 10. /TASS/. The Kremlin would like to see the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev that was taken down recently in Prague reconstructed in either the Czech Republic or in Russia, if need be. “We do not accept these actions [removal of… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 15, 2020

TASS: 28 DEC 2019, 14:16 Russian senator accuses Prague’s Konev monument vandals of whitewashing Nazism– Konstantin Kosachev noted that in this context the Federation Council’s initiative on recognizing the victory over Nazism on the outcomes of World War II the world heritage of humanity is especially important MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. Chairman of the Russian Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev has accused the unknown perpetrators who vandalized the monument to Soviet marshal Ivan Konev in Prague of whitewashing Nazism. “Vandalizing monuments to those who defeated Nazism means only one thing: whitewashing Nazism, accidentally… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
April 15, 2020

TASS: 29 DEC 2019, 04:43 Russian embassy in Prague condemns vandalism against Marshal Konev’s statue — “Once again, we call upon the Czech authorities to ensure proper security of the Konev memorial,” the diplomat said PRAGUE, December 29. /TASS/. The Russian Embassy in Prague condemned the act of vandalism committed against the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague, which the municipal authorities earlier decided to remove from public territory. “A yet another cynical act of vandalism against the monument to Marshal Ivan Stepanovich Konev in Prague’s District 6 looks particularly cynical and clearly demonstrates the cultural level of… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 15, 2020

Putin brands Holocaust as ‘dark and disgraceful’ page in history — The Russian president emphasized the fact that the attendees of the forum honoring Holocaust victims are united by common responsibility, duty to the past and the future JERUSALEM, January 23. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the Holocaust as “one of the darkest and most disgraceful pages in modern history.” However, he has noted that memory of this tragedy can become a lesson and a warning for future generations but only if it is preserved uncensored. “Crimes committed by Nazis, their though-out and planned Final Solution to the… Read more »

John
John
April 15, 2020

Well Russian army come to us in 1968 to force us to be communists for twenty years. They called it contra-revolution. Many people have occupation of soviet army in memory and that is cause of russofobia.
They make us free from fascists but brought us communism. Communism is evil. Everybody should realize it. From 1968 they stayed 21 years by us. We did not want them.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  John
April 16, 2020

And that is probably why your English is so awfully bad? Poor John, forced by evil Communists to learn the Russian language and forbidden to learn English with correct spelling and grammar. Poor, poor, poor Johnny boy.

John
John
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 16, 2020

Brezhnev who send to us tanks 1968 was not Russian but Ukrainian.
I have nothing against Russian. Brezhnev (devil in human being) was not Russian but Ukrainian who send us tanks to Czechoslovakia 1968. Communism come to Russia from France. Russians where victims of it them-self.

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Olivia Kroth
Reply to  John
April 17, 2020

I like Brezhnev. He was a good leader of the Soviet Union.

GeorgeS
GeorgeS
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 17, 2020

Brezhnev was a placeholder for the nomenklatura, a puppet that did what it was told, like Yeltsin in his later years. The events of 1968 are a tragedy. Those Russians who nostalgize for the USSR are destroying our foreign policy and are aiding the globalist agenda.

John
John
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 17, 2020

read Brezhnev Doctrine in Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brezhnev_Doctrine

Ottmar Straub
Ottmar Straub
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 30, 2020

wow – what an ignorance – where are you from, Olivia?

Olivia Kroth
April 16, 2020

The comment section has filled up with comments again, after some voodoo vandal deleted all the former comments, and deleted the vote count too. Who is deleting vote counts and comments on this page? Has the Duran site been hacked? All comments on 4 to 5 articles were deleted. The count numbers were deleted. And plenty of dumb stuff nobody wants to read has been placed in. Who – for heaven’s sake – is doing this? Where is the editor, Alex Christoforou?

Ottmar Straub
Ottmar Straub
April 30, 2020

To call that liberation is far out by the way – we should not deny history or interpret it superficially. There was less freedom in Czekoslovakia after “liberation” than before

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