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August 26, 2014

Taking it a little too seriously

The colorful history of this Soviet monument in Bulgaria, and why it angers Russia

The continuing destruction of Soviet-era monuments in Ukraine has caused a stir in Russia, where such monuments are often linked to a historical pride for the sacrifices made during World War II. [...]

The statue-related outrage isn't limited to Ukraine though. A Soviet-era monument in Sofia, Bulgaria, was the site of anger earlier this week after the Euronews television channel posted the above picture [first of the four images below. JdJ] to its Facebook page. The problem? The statue had been painted yellow and blue, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. According to Ria Novosti, Euronews swiftly deleted the image after a complaint from Russia and apologized. The Russian Foreign Ministry has also asked Bulgaria to “take all necessary measures to prevent mockeries of the memory of Soviet soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Bulgaria and Europe from Nazism," according to the Itar-Tass news agency.

As the picture below shows, this monument has something of a colorful history:

soviet-monument-in-bulgaria.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at August 26, 2014 06:03 PM

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