A monument to the Soviet Soldier-Liberator demolished in Lithuania

Summary

A monument to the Soviet Soldier-Liberator has been demolished in Lithuania. This monument – a huge boulder on which the face of a Red Army soldier was carved – was installed over 30 years ago. The local authorities decided to definitely dismantle it within the framework of a so-called decommunization policy.

Disproof

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In fact, the monument mentioned by Russian media is not demolished, but transferred to the Grutas sculpture park (50 km from the monument’s original location), where Soviet-era monuments are exposed. According to The Insider, the author of the memorial, the sculptor Vladas Krušna, who died in 2014, himself proposed to transfer the sculpture to Grutas Park.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 122
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: USSR, Lithuania
  • Keywords: USSR, Monuments, WWII
  • Outlet: Perviy Kanal
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