Two contenders for dismantling Soviet monuments in Daugavpils

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This week the Daugavpils City Council announced a procurement contest for the design and dismantling of two objects glorifying the Soviet regime in Daugavpils, and two companies registered in Latvia and Lithuania applied for work, Latvian Radio reported on October 11.

Daugavpils City Council has also started collecting donations for dismantling these monuments.

Tatjana Dubina, executive director of Daugavpils City Council, commented: “Offers are being evaluated. There are two competitors. One figure will be around 57 thousand [euros], the other 98 thousand [euros] with VAT. Donations are currently collected above €600. We are currently working in line with the action plan. When we see what amount we have to look for, we will also prepare a draft decision for the council meeting."

One of the objects to be dismantled is a monument to the soldiers of the 360th Division of the Red Army and a second monument to the soldiers of the Red Army in Slavas Square.

At the same time, the municipality of Daugavpils State city has repeatedly submitted a constitutional application to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia, which disputes the conformity of the Law on the prohibition of exposing objects to the Soviet and Nazi regimes and the dismantling thereof in the territory of the Republic of Latvia to the Constitution.

As reported earlier by LSM, due to the inaction of the Daugavpils City Council and its Mayor Andrejs Elksniņš in dismantling occupation-glorifying objects, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) is considering the possibility of dismissing the City Council.

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