Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Soviet monument makeover

This is the Soviet monument that was built in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1954. It was built to commemorate the Soviet "liberation" of Bulgaria in 1944. Even though Bulgaria was allied to Nazi Germany in the Second World War, they never sent troops to the Eastern Front to fight the Russians. This video shows how an anonymous street artist in 2011, decided to transform the sculptured group of soldiers on the monument into superheroes. 

Like many Eastern European countries, many of these Soviet monuments still stand in their capital cities today. They are a grim reminder of a dark era when the Soviet communist jackboot stamped down on the free peoples of Eastern Europe. The Soviets always called it a "liberation" but it was really an occupation. After removing the Nazis from Eastern European countries, they remained for four decades and imposed their own dictatorial system on them. I guess they "forgot" to leave once they had liberated us from the Nazis. The Soviet monuments can't be removed because there are agreements with Russia today that the Eastern European countries have to maintain and protect them. Some of the monuments actual have dead Soviet soldiers buried under or near them, so it would almost be impossible to remove them.

The Soviet victory monument in downtown Budapest has generated a lot of controversy over the years. Many nationalist Hungarians have called for the removal of the monument because of what terrible things communism and the Soviets did to Hungary over the decades since the end of the Second World War. It is believed that if the monument is removed from Budapest, then any Hungarian monuments in Russia dedicated to Hungarian soldiers killed on the Eastern Front will be removed as well. Communism and communists are hated and detested in Hungary, even today. The Soviet victory monument in Budapest is an eye sore to the freedom loving people of Hungary. Unfortunately, I don't see the monument in Budapest leaving anytime soon. Could you imagine if they was a monument dedicated to the Nazis in your capital city?