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So, there's more to this....of course.

This could be coincidental, but the statue was taken down on the 3. of April. On the 7. of April, Putin signed into law a decree criminalising destruction or defacement of Russian military/war memorials and graves in foreign countries, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
On the 10. of April, Russia started a criminal probe into the statue's removal.

I kid you not.

One of the council members under threat is the magistrate of Prague 6 (Pirate Party), and one of the others has been secreted away under police guard, though all three are under police protection.

The statue is in storage.

Fyi, Konev led the Warsaw Pact suppression of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, or whatever year it was and was also involved in the suppression of the Prague Spring.

So, anyway, why his statue was still there in 2020 is the real subject for criminal investigation.
 

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So, there's more to this....of course.

This could be coincidental, but the statue was taken down on the 3. of April. On the 7. of April, Putin signed into law a decree criminalising destruction or defacement of Russian military/war memorials and graves in foreign countries, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
On the 10. of April, Russia started a criminal probe into the statue's removal.

I kid you not.

One of the council members under threat is the magistrate of Prague 6 (Pirate Party), and one of the others has been secreted away under police guard, though all three are under police protection.

The statue is in storage.

Fyi, Konev led the Warsaw Pact suppression of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, or whatever year it was and was also involved in the suppression of the Prague Spring.

So, anyway, why his statue was still there in 2020 is the real subject for criminal investigation.

What Czechia does is none of Russia's business. They did enough damage there for 45 years. Eff 'em to hell.
 

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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, according to The Moscow Times.

Since becoming the prime minister in January, Mishustin, 54, has played a central role in leading Russia's response to the pandemic, but is now self-isolating and taking a temporary step back from his duties as prime minister.

Putin signed a decree Thursday appointing First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov as acting prime minister.

The news comes as Russia's total number of confirmed cases surpassed 100,000, as the country experienced a record one-day surge in new cases. Over 1,000 people in Russia have died from the disease.
 

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What Czechia does is none of Russia's business. They did enough damage there for 45 years. Eff 'em to hell.

Yeah, legit ruined the psyche and souls of millions of people, set the country back by decades in terms of development (which has since been caught up to quite handily), and ruined the hopes and dreams of multiple generations of people...never mind the murders of innocents.

On the other hand, those dickheads are the reason I grew up this damn close to Georgian Bay, so not all bad, I guess. ;)
 

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Yeah, legit ruined the psyche and souls of millions of people, set the country back by decades in terms of development (which has since been caught up to quite handily), and ruined the hopes and dreams of multiple generations of people...never mind the murders of innocents.

On the other hand, those dickheads are the reason I grew up this damn close to Georgian Bay, so not all bad, I guess. ;)

It just bothers me that Russia is one of those places that refuses to own up to the awful control and abuse they inflicted on Eastern European countries for so long. There's a reason they're hated in those places to this day.
 

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Yeah, but that's pretty well only true for the ruling elite's propaganda charade, heavy nationalists, and communist nostalgics.

The every day person would have a much more nuanced view of it.

By the way, on of my super besties is a Russian immigrant to Canada so I get a bit of a first-hand accounting of the Russian psyche and word on the ground. I know I'm just some guy, but I'm not just some guy....if you know what I mean. ;)
 

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Russia removes Vladimir Putin mosaic from military church

An enormous new military church was set to feature mosaics of Vladimir Putin, a tribute to the annexation of Crimea and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. The president himself has now intervened to remove his own image.


 

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Stalin?

That piece of shit murderous psychopathic train robber?

That dude isn't worthy of licking boots, never mind mosaics.
 

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Russia sees record rise with 10,633 coronavirus cases in 24 hours

Published Sunday, May 3, 2020 9:46AM EDT

MOSCOW, RUSSIA -- Russia on Sunday reported a new record daily rise in coronavirus infections as the number of confirmed cases surged past 130,000.

As some European countries were looking to gradually lift restrictions, officials in Moscow -- the epicentre of the contagion in Russia -- urged residents to stay home despite glorious weather.

With the number of cases rising by several thousand each day, Russia is now the European country registering the most new infections.

Despite the increases, the government has indicated it could gradually lift confinement measures from May 12, depending on the region.


 

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That sucks. There are large parts of the country that are probably medically underserved, though I'm guessing those places are probably seeing less cases.

Hope they're able to manage in Moskva.

Russians are tough as nails.
 

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If you’re looking for a something to while away the years we’re going to be in lockdown and you’re interested in Soviet/Russian history, you might want to read Stalingrad and Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman. While the latter picks up where the former left off, with some of the same characters, they’re wonderful opposites historically and politically. The former certainly isn’t socialist realism, but it’s very much in the spirit of the Party. The latter is far more critical of Stalin and Stalinism. The Guardian reviewer in the attached wasn’t the first person to characterize Grossman as the Red Tolstoy.
 

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Three Russian doctors fall from hospital windows, raising questions amid coronavirus pandemic

Updated 3:49 PM ET, Mon May 4, 2020

Moscow (CNN) Three frontline health care workers have mysteriously fallen out of hospital windows in Russia over the past two weeks, heightening public attention to the working conditions for doctors and medical professionals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Two of those health care workers are dead, and one remains hospitalized.

All three incidents, which are being investigated by Russian law enforcement authorities, have prompted intense discussion in the Russian press and on social media.

 

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Putin honors Kim Jong Un with a WWII memorial medal

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has received a medal from Russia for his efforts at preserving the memory of Soviet soldiers who died in the Asian country. Neither Kim nor Russia's Vladimir Putin attended the event.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin awarded North Korea's Kim Jong Un a medal over Kim's "great personal effort to preserve the memory of Soviet citizens" who lost their lives in the country, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang said on Tuesday.

The pictures posted on the embassy's Facebook page show ambassador Alexander Matsegora handing the honor to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho in Pyongyang. Kim Jong Un, rumored to have health problems, did not personally attend the ceremony.

The people visible in the photos are wearing face masks, even though the country has not officially reported a single case of the new coronavirus infection.

 

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Coronavirus: Russian hospital staff 'working without masks'

As coronavirus spreads more widely in Russia’s provinces, hospitals - often old and ill-equipped - have become infection "hot spots". The number of medical workers getting sick, and dying, is growing.

President Putin admitted that there was a shortage of PPE and ordered an increase in production. But even now, many Russian healthcare staff are scared to complain publicly about having to work without proper protection.

 

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