Russia Sends Protest Note to Bulgaria Over Soviet Monument Desecration

Diplomacy | August 21, 2014, Thursday // 15:38|  views

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Russia has sent a note of protest to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry demanding to bring to justice those guilty of desecration of a monument to Soviet warriors.

“We express our deep indignation at the desecration of the monument to Soviet warriors-liberators in Lozenets district in Sofia on the night of August 17,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released Wednesday.

“In light of this outrageous act of vandalism, a note of protest was sent at once to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry demanding taking measures to prevent incidents of this kind in the future, bringing those guilty of the act to justice and restoring the respectable look of the monument,” the ministry continued in the statement, as cited by Ria Novosti.

The Soviet monument was covered in red paint at the night of August 17. This is not the first time that the monument – ossuary of Soviet soldiers has been vandalized. It was painted red on the eve of the celebrations of the 123rd anniversary of the Socialist Movement in Bulgaria and the Day of the Bulgarian Socialist Party on August 2.

On May 8, the flags of Ukraine and the European Union were painted on it, with the words "Europe Day instead of Victory Day" in reference to the celebrations of the Day of peace and unity in Europe and of the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War both marked on May 9.

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