Foreign Ministry comments on erecting monument to Vlasovites in Prague
Oleg Tyapkin, head of the third European Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that Russia would regard the installation of a monument to the soldiers of the Russian Liberation Army, or Vlasovites, in Prague as a mockery of the feat of the Red Army soldiers who died during the liberation of the city.
“On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the WWII, we regard this as mocking the memory of those tens of thousands of Red Army soldiers who gave their lives in the name of peace on the Czech soil,” Tyapkin said.
It is hard to disagree with this statement, however, the way the government protects the memory of Soviet soldiers in words is very different from what is seen in its affairs.
You don’t have to go far for examples. Volgograd, which in 2018 became the epicenter of the scandal that started because of an attempt to erect a monument to the Wehrmacht soldier at the airport with the approval of local officials. Similar things happened in other areas of our country. For example, in St. Petersburg, where in 2016 a memorial plaque was installed to Field Marshal Mannerheim, who provided serious assistance to fascist Germany in the war against the Soviet Union.
There are many more examples that demonstrate the double face of the current government. Hiding behind the slogans of the great victory, they whitewash the people who were directly involved in government destruction and engaged in the substitution of concepts, trying to erase the class essence of the Great Patriotic War from people’s memory. This process has been going on for many years, and only by the joint efforts of caring people can it be stopped.