Russian diplomats say councillors are trying to rewrite history with proposed wording explaining the chequered role of Russian Marshal Ivan Konev, who was twice designated a Hero of the Soviet Union by Stalin and whose remains are buried in the Kremlin. The diplomats have successfully delayed the change after petitioning the mayor, lobbying the foreign and culture ministries, enlisting the support of other former Soviet states and, most recently, invoking an obscure 1985 treaty on the protection of Europe’s architectural heritage.
Critics said the original plaque, which was removed several weeks ago, exaggerated the marshal’s role while omitting more notorious subsequent actions – including commanding the suppression of the 1956 Hungarian uprising and overseeing the building of the Berlin Wall, besides leading reconnaissance missions for the 1968 invasion.
Rewritten plaque on Konev statue will tell of general’s role in suppressing Prague Spring
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