A monument honoring Russian and Soviet soldiers has been unveiled in a military cemetery in Esztergom, Hungary, two weeks before Russian leader Vladimir Putin visits the country. The Russian ambassador to Hungary pointedly mentioned the timing at the unveiling ceremony, casting the monument as “an important part of a big cooperation” between the two countries. Obviously, the monument is more than just a piece of artwork commemorating long-ago events. But why is it so important?
The battle over monuments in Eastern Europe is intimately connected to the broader battle over history, memory, and the narrative of Soviet communism in the region. …read more
Source: Victims of Communism