Ogre municipality to dismantle five Soviet monuments

On April 21, the Ogre municipality council decided to dismantle five commemorative stones of the Soviet occupation regime in the administrative territory of the municipality according to the information on the homepage of the council.

After World War II in the occupied countries of the Soviet Union, including In Latvia, monuments were set up in honor of Soviet army soldiers as liberators of 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 Ogre municipality area.

Some of the monuments were dismantled after the restoration of Latvia's independence. However, several monuments or memorial plates are still located in areas inhabited by the Ogre municipality. The City Council has now decided to remove five other memorials linked to the Soviet occupation regime.

The municipality council of Ogre, which strongly condemns Russia's invasion of Ukraine, considers it unacceptable that memorial sites reflecting the activities of the Russian army directed against the people of Latvia and the sovereignty of the country are stored and protected on the territory of Latvia. Exceptions are places where soldiers are buried, respecting and honoring each person's rights to honor burial and peaceful resting, according to the statement of the City Council.

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