Municipality of Ogre to dismantle five Soviet monuments / Article

After World War II in the occupied countries of the Soviet Union, including Latvia, monuments were erected to honor soldiers of the Soviet Army as liberators from German fascism and glorifying the crucial role of the Soviet Union and its military forces in the war. Such monuments were installed at several sites in the current municipality of Ogre.

Some of the monuments were dismantled after Latvia’s restoration of independence. However, several monuments or commemorative plaques are still located in the areas inhabited by the municipality of Ogre. The city council has now decided to remove five other memorials linked to the Soviet occupation regime.

Ogre City Council, which strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, finds it unacceptable that memorial sites reflecting Russian military activities directed against the Latvian people and the country’s sovereignty are stored and protected on Latvian territory. Exceptions are places where soldiers are buried, respecting and honoring each person’s rights to the honor of burial and peaceful rest, according to the city council’s statement.

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