The Russian defense Ministry concerned messages about the possible demolition of the Prague monument to Marshal of the Soviet Union, honorary citizen of the Czech capital Ivan Konev, said the head of the administration to perpetuate the memory of victims at protection of Fatherland Vladimir Popov.
Response agencies Popov expressed the Czech side held on Wednesday in the capital of Russia meeting of the Russian-Czech joint intergovernmental Commission on mutual maintenance of war graves.
"The Russian side expressed concern on the issue received information about a possible demolition in the Czech capital of monument honorary citizen of Prague, Marshal of the Soviet Union I. S. Konev or Supplement a sign explaining the phrase," - said Popov, RIA " Novosti "." The Czech side this data is noted ", - he added, Recalling that two times Hero of the Soviet Union Marshal Konev at the liberation of Prague from Nazi occupation was awarded the highest Czech order of the "White Lion" 1st class " Czechoslovak military cross of 1939 ". Popov also said that during the meeting the Czech side expressed satisfaction with the state of a Czech war graves in the territory of the Russian Federation, calling to intensify efforts to put in order the commemorative plaque in Verhniy Uslon. The Russian party expressed its readiness in the near future to perform this work. She also reported that the question on installation of the monument to the Czechoslovak Legionnaires in Samara with the active participation of the Ministry of defense " in practice solved ". According to Popov, the Czech side also informed the Russian partners With the spatial plan of the Czech war graves in the territory of the Russian Federation for 2016. The parties agreed that the real issues will be addressed in the process study visits to places of installation of memorial signs in the coming year with the assistance of 2 commissioners from each Party. The head of Department has specified that the Russian side has expressed satisfaction with the state of the Soviet (Russian) military graves within the Czech Republic And thanked the partners for their careful preservation of the memory of the fallen Soviet soldiers. The next meeting of the Commission is expected to hold In the 2nd half of 2016 in the Czech Republic. Actual date And venue will be agreed through diplomatic channels. Ivan Stepanovich Konev - Soviet military commander, Marshal of the Soviet Union (1944), twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1944, 1945). During the great Patriotic war From June to October 1941 he was commander of the 19th army, one month worked as Deputy commander of the Western front. From November 1941 to August 1942 commanded the troops of the Kalinin front. In February 1943 the Western front, From March to June, 1943 North-Western front From June 1943 to may 1944 was the commander of the Steppe front and the 1st Ukrainian front From may 1944 to may 1945.