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The Monument to the Soviet Army is a monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers-liberators. The monument is located in the central part of the city, on Tsar-Liberator Boulevard.
The decision to build the monument was made at the congress of the Bulgarian Communist Party in October 1949. The construction of the monument began in July 1952. In 1954, the grand opening of the monument took place in the presence of a secular delegation.
The design of the monument was carried out by a creative team led by architect Dancho Mitov and sculptor Ivan Funev.
The sculpture of the monument was made in the form of a Soviet soldier, holding a 7.62-mm Shpagin submachine gun. A woman and a man stand near the soldier on both sides - worker and peasant woman from Bulgaria. In general, the memorial complex also includes other sculptural compositions that can be observed at the base of the monument.
In 1993, the Community Council of Sofia, in the wake of anti-Soviet sentiments, decided to destroy the monument. Later, other attempts were made to demolish the monument, which continue to this day.
Today, the government's negative attitude is expressed by the fact that no maintenance of the monument and the adjacent territory is carried out. Young people often gather near the monument in the evenings, after which graffiti appears on it. On the eve of Victory Day, as a rule, the monument is cleared of swastikas and offensive inscriptions.
Another case was recorded in June 2011. At night, unknown people repainted the statues of the Red Army soldiers in comic book heroes – Joker, Superman, Santa Claus, and also the clown Ronald McDonald.
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