The Russian Investigative Committee will evaluate the legality of the decision of the Latvian authorities to demolish the monument to Soviet soldiers

Monument to the soldiers of the Soviet army

The data on the legality of making such a decision unilaterally instructed to analyze the chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin. This was announced on Saturday, May 14th.

“According to available information, the Saeima of Latvia adopted a law suspending the operation of Article 13 of the bilateral agreement with Russia on memorial structures and monuments,” it says on the website. This decision makes it possible to demolish the monument to the soldiers of the Soviet Army – the liberators of Latvia and Riga from the Nazi invaders. It was installed in 1985 in the Victory Park in the southwest of Riga.

The Investigative Committee added that such initiatives are “another fact of neglect of the common memory and history of the struggle of the Soviet people against fascism.”

In addition, the demolition of the monument can be qualified under Article 354.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. It provides for responsibility for the rehabilitation of Nazism through the public desecration of the symbols of Russia’s military glory.

On the eve of the deputies of the Riga City Council voted for the demolition of the monument to the liberators in Riga. Russia has already announced that it is ready to accept the dismantled monument. The governor of the region announced the desire to place a memorial on the territory of the Leningrad Region.

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