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Dismantling of Batumi monument encroach upon soldiers’ memory – FM

February 22, 2012, 19:29 UTC+3
The monument to soldiers, who gave their lives during the Great Patriotic War, has begun dismantling
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MOSCOW, February 22 (Itar-Tass) — Dismantling of the monument to Soviet soldiers in the Georgian city of Batumi is an encroachment upon sacred memory of the USSR war against fascism, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday.

“According to information from Georgia, the monument to soldiers, who gave their lives during the Great Patriotic War, has begun dismantling,” Lukashevich said.

In his words, “when the memorial in Kutaisi was demolished in December 2009, Georgian authorities encroached upon sacred memory of the USSR people’s war against fascism.”

“The reason for dismantling monument is evident: the monuments are symbols of the glorious pages of Russian-Georgian history and they help spread rumours saying Russia allegedly enslave Georgia,” he stressed.

“Being blind with hatred the Georgian authorities went to any length to insult the memory of over 80,000 Georgian sons and daughters who defended their motherland and peace on earth,” Lukashevich said.

 

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