Riga

Soviet Victory Monument

The Soviet war memorial which commemorates the supposed communist 'liberation' of Riga is the place to meet die hard reds on Soviet anniversary days. Built in 1985 to lionise the Red Army and to dishearten and annoy the Latvian populace, the monument consists of a tall concrete obelisk adorned with five golden stars symbolising the five years of WWII. On either side are bronze statues of Mother Russia and soldiers advancing with their weapons raised. Dozens of hectares of parkland surround this shrine to former Soviet glory. Take tram N°1 from Kr. Barona to the second stop (Slokas iela) over the Akmens Bridge.

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16.06.2013
Graham Hudson

Latvia has a complex history and Latvians are trying to celibrate it in difficult circumstances. It is interesting that this monument was built at the latter stage of the soviet era 1985. Perhaps they saw the writing on the wall. It is certainly an impressive edifis for tourists.
27.12.2012
Marija

Excuse me, if you look at the history, most of the architects of this monument were Latvians... so, how they could annoy their nation???? And.... look at retirement people now - NO money, NO medical treatment is this a respect from free democratic society????
07.06.2012
Janis

Well ain't that an impartial review that in no way does insult those hundreds of thousands of Latvians who have the audacity to commemorate the end of World War II.Yes it was a liberation no it wasn't built to "annoy" anyone and yes more and more people flock to it every year no matter how much our revisionist government tries to imply the opposite.
02.08.2010
John

This thing should be destroyed. An ugly monument like this has no place in a free democratic society.
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