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Latvia has no plans to preserve any part of Soviet monument in Pardaugava – Baltic News Network

As the mayor of Riga Martinis Stais said on the LTV program “Rīta panorāma” on 3 August, any part of the monument dedicated to the Soviet troops in Pardaugava was preserved after it was dismantled. I have no plans to.

According to politicians, the monument complex will be removed piece by piece. The Latvian Occupation Museum said that no part of the monument has any artistic value, so the entire monument will be demolished.

On August 4th, the Riga City Council’s Finance and Administration Committee will meet. The conference will discuss the topic of funding the removal of the monuments to the liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from the German fascist invaders.

According to Staķis, the physical demolition of the monument is only 10% of the total project cost. After that, there are plans to turn the site of the monument complex into a park.

According to unofficial sources, 2.1 million euros will be allocated for this.

A construction company was selected for the job, but the Riga City Council will not name the company. For safety reasons, the start of demolition will be announced shortly before it starts.

According to information from rigaspieminekli.lv, in 1985 a monument to the liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from the German fascist invaders was installed in Victory Park. star on top. These stars symbolize the five years of war and the fireworks of victory.

Over the years, thousands of people have gathered at this memorial on May 9 each year. This day is celebrated by many countries in the post-Soviet territories as the day the Soviet Red Army won World War II over Nazi Germany.

Some Latvian people keep this tradition and celebrate Victory Day. However, in most Eastern European countries, this date has long been associated with the occupation and annexation of the Baltic States by the Soviet Union.

After the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the question of whether there was room in Latvia to erect a monument dedicated to the Soviet army became a hot topic. Discussions on this topic concluded with Latvian Saima passing a law requiring that monuments dedicated to the Soviet regime and not located in burial grounds be removed from Latvian territory by 15 November.

https://bnn-news.com/latvia-has-no-plans-to-preserve-any-parts-of-soviet-monument-in-pardaugava-236589 Latvia has no plans to preserve any part of Soviet monument in Pardaugava – Baltic News Network

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