Zdeněk Hřib pointed out some controversial details of the biography of the Soviet commander and stated that the title of honorary citizen could be revised “in the modern context” and taking into account different interpretations of historical facts
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib proposed to deprive him of the honorary citizenship of the city of the Soviet commander and marshal Ivan Konev, writes the Czech news portal iDNES. The relevant document, prepared by Grzyb, will have to be considered by the city council.
Konev commanded the fronts in the Great Patriotic War, participated in the battle for Moscow and the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Czechoslovakia from German troops. The military leader became an honorary citizen of Prague in 1946.
“The act of awarding the title of honorary citizen should be considered in the modern context and taking into account the further development of Czechoslovakia, which from an ideological point of view allowed only one interpretation of events, and some facts were hushed up,” — considers the mayor. Among the reasons, he pointed out Konev's decision to bomb Mlada Boleslav on May 9, 1945 and his participation in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956. In addition, Grzhib noted, the marshal was the commander-in-chief of a group of Soviet troops in Germany during the Berlin crisis.
The head of Prague also mentioned the political views of Konev, who “did not agree with Nikita Khrushchev's criticism of Stalin's crimes and condemnation of the personality cult”, and also “planned a military invasion of Poland in October 1956”; in response to “democratization measures” this country.
In September 2019, the Prague authorities approved the transfer of the monument to Konev, which was located on the International Brigade Square, to the museum. It was dismantled in April 2020. Prior to this, the monument was repeatedly attacked by vandals. In May 2018, the statue was doused with pink paint, and in May 2019, the inscription “No to the bloody marshal, we will not forget” appeared on it. and date “1968” (year of entry of Warsaw Pact troops into Czechoslovakia). Czech President Milos Zeman criticized this decision of the local authorities, calling Konev a symbol of the Red Army soldiers who died during the liberation of Czechoslovakia.
Konev— twice Hero of the Soviet Union and Commander of the Order of Victory. The marshal died in 1973.
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