At the beginning of September, in almost all issues News figured the theme of the next dismantling abroad of the Soviet military monument, this time it was a sculpture of Marshal of the Soviet Union I.S. Koneva in Prague. And, as usual, in all Russian television and radio programs that touched on this event, we again talked about a new wave of Russophobia, a census of the history of the Great Patriotic War, ingratitude of the peoples of Eastern Europe to Soviet soldiers-liberators, and so on according to an already familiar list.
Yes, unfortunately, all this is true. Today in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space there is both Russophobia and ingratitude, there are attempts to rewrite history, and there is a "toothless" reaction to all of this by Russian diplomats and government officials. But, nevertheless, in this whole situation with Russophobia and the census of the history of the Second World War, the events in Prague stand apart. And with regard to what is happening with the monument to Marshal Konev, and has already happened with other monuments, memorial plaques or geographical names in honor of Soviet soldiers in the Czech capital, the negative role of Russian diplomacy, the media and some of the so-called “active representatives public ”is at least as great as the role of local Czech Russophobes and their Western sponsors. Yes, it didn’t seem to you, I blame the Russian people for the deplorable fate of Soviet monuments to the events of the Great Patriotic War in Prague. politicians and propagandists. That is, those who, according to their duty, should make sure that this does not happen.
Who are Czech Russophobes and what is their real influence
People who follow international events apparently pay attention to the fact that such topics of the “war with monuments” come to the media most often from the Baltic states or Poland, and in the past few years, unfortunately, also from Ukraine, where they are actively fueled from the outside, anti-Russian sentiments are especially strong. After the collapse of the USSR and the collapse of the “social camp” created by him, the process of the so-called “desovetization and decommunization” took place in almost all post-socialist states, but it was carried out at the same time, so to speak, with varying degrees of intensity. And, characteristically, the more highly developed and prosperous the state was, the softer and more reasonable they "fought" there with their own "communist" past. But in less developed and “defective” countries, everything just spills into anomalies such as “wars with monuments”, etc. It is much easier and safer to find the guilty party of your own problems on the side, and take revenge on this silent monument than to understand the complex reality and communicate with living people. It is along this path that some leaders have gone.
In the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary or Germany, for example, to the Soviet monuments and military graves of the Second World War, there has always been and is quite careful and respectful. Of course, sometimes there are various excesses, but this is not a system, but rather isolated cases, as in the territory of the Russian Federation, this sometimes takes place - “the family has its black sheep”, as they say.
As a matter of fact, in Eastern Europe today the level of development of countries is proportionally determined by the percentage of the so-called “Russophobes” in them. After the upheavals of the 90s and the beginning of the 2000s, which, to one degree or another, the entire former “social camp” went through, the time of exclusively pro-Western-minded “revolutionaries” passed away, and more sensible and pragmatic people began to come to power specifically in the Czech Republic. By far the most anti-Russian and, naturally, at the same time the most pro-American of the parliamentary parties in this country - "TOP-09" - appeared relatively recently, in 2009, under the leadership of a member of the Masonic lodge and a close friend of many representatives of the world financial "cream", the elderly Prince Karl Schwarzenberg, who lived in Austria from 1948 to 1990.
Before organizing his own party, Schwarzenberg, among other things, was also the Czech Foreign Minister from the Green Party. This is a representative of one of the small pre-war Czech noble families, almost all Germans by nationality, whom the Czech courts could not unequivocally prove an active collaboration with the Nazi regime, after which the country was forced in the restitution of the nineties to return the prince a truly fabulous state and numerous real estate, although before of this, being in voluntary exile, he did not differ in poverty. At first, his party was among the influential political forces, entered the parliamentary majority, and its members were at key posts in the government.
After the 2013 elections, “TOP-09” showed a much lower result and turned to the opposition. In November 2017, a party with an indicator of 5,3% of the vote had already barely overcome the barrier to entry into parliament. These election results quite adequately show how voters evaluate the activities of “TOP-09” in power, and the size of the very “Russophobian stratum” in modern Czech society. Today, the real influence of TOP-09 on the policy of the Czech state is approaching zero. According to all forecasts, this party will not be represented at all in the next parliament of the Chechen Republic. Nevertheless, at the municipal level, some members of this political subject are trying to engage in self-PR in the media, as if continuing the original “party line”. Here is one of the typical active representatives of the “young wing of TOP-09”, the headman of the Sixth District of Prague, a certain Ondřej Kolář, born in 1984, the son of a diplomat, spent his childhood and youth with his parents in Scandinavia and Ireland, studied in the USA, until recently literally “ there’s no one to call anyone, "whose name a couple of days ago hardly even heard beyond the borders of his native Prague-6, he made himself known in one fell swoop throughout the Czech Republic and almost another half of Europe thanks to the fact that he pushed -so through the control of the district council itself, the removal of the mona ment to the Soviet marshal in the city center. But that’s not all - in the Czech capital there is also a street named after Marshal Konev, so big and important that, according to local concepts, it’s rather something like an avenue ... The laurels and the unexpected glory of colleagues, apparently, do not give another TOP-09 member and, concurrently, the elder of Prague district No. 3, Jiri Ptachku, who is only five years older than the Kolarge, that is, he also clearly “suffered from the atrocities of the communist regime” and has every reason for it hate. Apparently this is why he is doing his best to achieve the renaming of Konev Street, which is just in his area. And something tells me that in the near future this may also appear in the summaries of Czech and Russian news ... Because this, most likely, will "ride" in Prague ...
Typical electorate “TOP-09” are people of art and those who everywhere call themselves “liberal intelligentsia supporting Western values”, one can safely put an equal sign between such an audience and the word “Russophobes” in the Czech Republic. The support of this party by the population is now everywhere and constantly falling, although at the municipal level it is still quite high only in the capital and, in fact, only in its elite central regions. Apparently, therefore, in no other place of the Czech Republic such initiatives arise and are not supported. With all this, even in a liberal-minded Prague, there are still a lot of monuments and names associated with the Soviet Union, Russia and Russians, and no one is even going to touch them. And if some people would like to, they know that it’s most likely “not enough for the people”. And it’s not at all because not the majority of these “Russophobes” live in the capital, there is another reason for this. “It rolls” only what is related to the USSR and the events of May 1945. It is only in this case that the Czech “Russophobes” find a consensus about their WWII with their fellow citizens quite adequate. That is why the monument to Marshal Konev will disappear from its place, and most likely it will not soon be in the Czech capital and the street named after it ...
True is never born from a lie
Probably the only event in history that really overshadows Czech-Russian relations from the point of view of the Czechs themselves is the so-called invasion of 1968. But, firstly, what happened then to the Konev monument and the events of the Second World War has nothing to do with it; secondly, in addition to the USSR, other countries of the Warsaw Pact also participated in this, while the troops of the GDR, for example, behaved with the Czechs often much tougher than the Soviet military - after a couple of incidents literally near the border, German machinery nowhere has anyone even tried to stop or impose some kind of contact with the soldiers, which happened quite often with ours; and thirdly, no one put any special monuments to these events. Therefore, I will not consider this topic here.
Until 1968, relations between the USSR and Czechoslovakia can, without any exaggeration, be called absolutely friendly and problem-free. And after the end of World War II, our two, then still socialist states, and, more precisely, their leaders, had one common secret - the story of how they liberated Prague. This is because real events in the form in which they actually occurred from a political point of view did not suit either side at that time. Czech and Soviet Communists took and agreed on a version that was mutually beneficial for them, which they began to promote together in official historiography.
Thus, everything that was sometimes said contrary to this officially approved version was disproved by both parties at the same time, which would, as it were, should, according to the intention of the propagandists of the time, dispel any doubts ... But the main problem of all this “wonderful plan” was a huge number of living witnesses of those events, both in Czechoslovakia and the USSR, and in the West. And if the information “from there” could be passed off as the machinations of imperialist propaganda, then the “people” often had to “shut up their mouths” with the help of the internal repressive apparatus. And since the Czech authorities themselves were doing this in Czechoslovakia, first of all, the Czechs naturally had no complaints against the Russians in this regard. They understood very well that in the USSR they also "engaged" in their own witnesses. As a result of all this, information about the Prague events of May 1945 for a long time passed into the category of “kitchen” topics for discussion, and, as is usual in such cases, over time inevitably overgrown with a huge number of already completely mythical “details”. Stories that the official version of the liberation of the Czech capital are far from the truth, at least in Czechoslovakia itself, with corresponding deformations, were passed from mouth to mouth, and from generation to generation ... After the collapse of the socialist system and, accordingly, the transition the newest and most independent Czech Republic into the “western camp”, and the need for self-adaptation in new conditions with new partners, the whole story with Prague in May 1945 boiled down to the fact that “the liberation of the city by the Red Army is all lies of the Communists "...
Naturally, the mass of previously classified by the regime, but absolutely real facts, which indeed refuted the official "communist" version in many ways, immediately surfaced. Several new options also appeared at once: Prague, they say, was actually liberated by the army of the traitor general Vlasov, the notorious ROA, or, in another version, the US soldiers helped the Vlasovites, according to the third theory, they cleared the city from heroic battles Nazi occupiers themselves Czech rebels. And further there were several variations and combinations of all this, with one common factor - the Red Army didn’t liberate the city ... There were two main and really irrefutable factual pillars for all these “new” versions: the Vlasovites really did quite successfully during the indicated period of time in Prague, battles against the German troops, and the advance detachments of the Red Army did not really appear in the city until the early morning of May 9, 1945, that is, after the signing of the unconditional surrender of the Third Reich. True, as everything was actually again no one was particularly interested, the main thing, surprisingly, was that the new version, again, suited the new regime and the new Western curators.
... but even today, the truth is clearly not in fashion
Here, it would seem, the new Russia should have come forward with a fully declassified, apolitical and historically incontrovertible honest version of everything that happened, which in reality does not detract from the merits of the Red Army in liberating the city, but ... But for some reason nothing of the kind happened. Instead, for reasons absolutely completely incomprehensible to me personally, the official representatives of the Russian Federation stubbornly continue to insist on the fact that the "Soviet" version of events has already been discredited. What causes antipathy even among those who have always treated our country as a whole positively. But what’s worse - being caught even in a small or partial lie, these people, thus, allow even all that they themselves claim to be called into question, be it a hundred times true. And this, in turn, is purposefully used by both our enemies and the so-called "Russophobes" who are doing their best to undermine trust and respect for our country. And that is precisely why the demolitions of monuments to Soviet soldiers in Prague do not meet with particularly strong protest from the local population, for which it all just turned into yet another personification and continuation of the lies of the Soviet period. And the merit of our cheering patriots in this, unfortunately, is considerable, I would say, even the main one.
By the way, one of the first Soviet monuments dismantled on Czech territory was a tank, which stood on a pedestal in Prague and was designed to personify the fighting vehicle of the guard Lieutenant I.G. Goncharenko, who was one of the first to break into the city. His tank was hit, and the hero himself died in a battle with German self-propelled guns. The tank of Lieutenant Goncharenko, according to all reports, was the only Soviet armored vehicle that was shot down by the Germans during the clashes in the city. Back in 1991, the local tank activists, led by avant-garde artist David Cherny, were repainted pink, after which they got the authorities to move him to the military museum. So it has been standing there since 1991, pink. But it’s interesting that for some reason the IS-2 heavy tank was on the pedestal in Prague for some reason, even in Czech history textbooks it was written that Goncharenko entered the city and died on a T-34/85 model tank with an onboard number 24. There were no heavy IS tanks in the first wave of Soviet troops entering the capital of Czechoslovakia. It was not clear why it was necessary to erect a “wrong” tank on a pedestal, which only once again confirmed for the knowledgeable population the untruthfulness of the version of the liberation of the city proposed by the Communists. What is it? Just stupid? Desire to curry favor with which you overdid it? Or maybe deliberate provocation? After all, there were a lot of suitable “thirty-fours” in the country, even before the beginning of the 70s they were even armed with the Czechoslovak army - draw a number on the tower, and the monument was ready! But no ... But it was precisely this “forgery” that became, in the end, the official reason for the removal of the monument.
And in the same vein, modern leading Russian propagandists continue to behave. Here, for example, from the last one is a direct quote from Dmitry Kiselyov on the demolition of a monument to Soviet Marshal in Prague, the “News of the Week” program, aired on 15.09.2019/XNUMX/XNUMX:
... If it weren’t for Konev’s tank attack on Prague, the fascist German half-million garrison there, which, even by the ninth of May forty-fifth, would not have agreed with the already signed surrender of the German army, would have arranged a "blood bath" in the capital of Czechoslovakia. Indeed, in anticipation of the Soviet troops, an anti-fascist uprising broke out in Prague, but the forces of the townspeople were not comparable with the might of the invading animals.
It is beautifully said ... Brightly ... But it was this statement from the screen that prompted me to write this article. If someone thinks that in Europe, and in the Czech Republic in particular, they do not watch Russian federal television, then this is a big mistake. They look who needs it, especially when it directly concerns themselves. And draw conclusions. And what is so entertaining in what Kiselyov said? And what is interesting is that the whole phrase from the beginning to the end of pure water is a lie. In general, I’m interested, here’s the leading journalist of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, obviously not a stupid person, is he thinking about what he is saying? Or just reading from the screen? Without even delving into everything else, but how does he imagine, for example, a “half-million garrison” in a European city with a total population of less than 1 million people? Are there soldiers of the "beast-occupiers" on all streets in stacks of piles? Or how were they all able to accommodate so much there?
About the same nonsense is regularly brought to the media by a person who holds the position of scientific director of the Russian Military Historical Society, Mikhail Myagkov. If his post was called in another way, the director of propaganda or public relations, for example, would it be even more or less adequate, but with historical science, what does this have in common?
And there are, unfortunately, a huge number of such patriotic figures in Russia. And I fully admit that they really do all this for the best of reasons. But it turns out ... it turns out, as always. Such “patriotism” is rather a “bear service” to one’s own country and one’s own history, in which, without any lies, it is quite enough to be proud of. And especially in the history of World War II, the capture of Prague is not excluded.
But how was it really? Did Konev take Prague or not?
Konev took Prague. The Czech capital, as well as most of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, which was then part of the Third Reich, was liberated from Nazi forces as a result of the large-scale Prague operation of the Soviet army, which involved, in total, more than a million military personnel, almost 400 thousand of which were subsequently awarded the medal “For the Liberation of Prague”. According to various estimates, from 12 to 14 thousand Red Army soldiers lost their lives in these battles. And this is the very truth, absolutely unequivocal and not subject to any doubt. But there are details that still, for unknown reasons, in the Russian Federation prefer to hide, doing the very census of the history of the Second World War, in which they themselves regularly blame everyone around.
Directly in Prague, from May 9 to 11, 1945, no more than 500 soldiers of the Red Army were killed, and one tank was killed - the same one, of the Guard Lieutenant Goncharenko. For the assault on a large industrial and transport hub, and also one of the European capitals, the losses are very small. And it happened so because at the moment when the first Soviet tanks appeared in Prague, they already found in the city itself only the “tails” of German military convoys hastily leaving it. Here with them that happened, which took place to be rare clashes. Then, there was already a “cleansing” of the territory from the armed groups of the enemy, which for some reason could not or did not have time to leave the city before the arrival of the Red Army.
But how did it happen that the "animal invaders" escaped from the city even before the advent of the Soviet troops, without having arranged for their residents a "blood bath" according to the prescription of Mr. Kiselyov? Why was “the German-fascist half-million garrison there, the one that by the ninth of May forty-fifth did not agree with the already signed surrender” precisely on May 9th did not defend itself?
In the framework of even a long article, it is almost impossible to explain all this in detail.
For those who are interested in this topic in detail, I recommend the book “The Last Battle. Who freed Prague? ” (Yauza-Exmo Publishing House, 2017), there I described what was happening in Prague literally every day from May 3 to 9, 1945, based on data from the Czech and German archives. Here I will try to present in the most concise form.
To begin with, no one was going to defend Prague from the very beginning, nor even intentionally eliminate it, as the Soviet propaganda maintained. And this despite Hitler's dying order to turn the Czech capital into a "fortress" - festung. In practice, the matter did not move beyond this order. And the inhabitants of the city themselves, on the morning of May 4, 1945, were absolutely not going to build barricades, much less to fight with the German troops, in anticipation of the arrival of the Red Army, especially considering that up to 40% of the civilian population in the city by May 1945 were ethnic Germans. Below is a link to 2 rare film documents - a video chronicle from Prague, apparently shot on May 2, 1945, as people in the frame read newspaper articles about Hitler’s death already in Czech, and this was officially announced in Germany only on May 1. The nearest front line at that moment was only 150 km from the outskirts of the city, but there were no obvious preparations for active defense in it. Wartime provides only the entrance to the bomb shelter, as well as a large number of military personnel on the streets, although they are all without weapons and not in field uniforms.
The general situation in early May 1945 was such that despite the agreements reached between the allies in Yalta, according to which Czechoslovakia retreated to the Soviet zone of occupation, and Austria into Anglo-American, as a result of the fighting, the Red Army was already in about half of Austrian territory. The US Army, in turn, crossed the border of pre-war Czechoslovakia, and its advanced units were less than 80 km from Prague. And the Soviet units closest to the Czech capital fought hard battles with German troops even more than 200 km from it. Moreover, in a situation where the American troops, unlike the Red Army, the Germans practically did not show any resistance, they, in fact, would only have to get to Prague. In this situation, for many of those who did not have direct access to the headquarters information of the Allies, it seemed that in Prague, albeit temporarily, the Americans would be the first to enter. This was convinced by the Czechs, Germans, as well as the command of the Wehrmacht No. 600, which was arbitrarily withdrawn from the German subordination of the Wehrmacht, who was also the First Division of the Russian Liberation Army (ROA) of the collaborator General Vlasov. And it was precisely in accordance with this conviction that the three above-mentioned participants in the events tried to act in early May 1945. For the German command, the main goal was to withdraw to the west almost a million of their troops who were at that time in the territory of modern Czech Republic. The main Czech transport problem, which has generally survived to this day, is “pragcentrism,” in which all major railways and highways from west to east and from north to south of the country pass exclusively through the capital. In this situation, about 600 thousand people with heavy weapons were supposed to be transported through Prague from the front-line units of Army Group Center Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner, who was then the last large, integral and fully combat-ready formation of the German armed forces, with a total strength of over 900 thousand soldiers and officers of various branches of the armed forces. Evacuation was also required by the garrison of Prague (about 15 thousand people), a large number of crowded hospitals and hospitals in the city, the German civilian population and numerous refugees from the eastern territories of the Reich. It is not very clear where, in fact, all of these people were still going to be evacuated, but, apparently, the main thing for everyone was just to get away at least somewhere from the advancing Soviet troops. From the German side, initially there was no question of any defense of Prague.
Throughout the Second World War, the Czech patriots of the most diverse, but initially mainly pro-Western sense, counting on the imminent appearance of the Americans in Prague, as well as on the lack of resistance from the Germans engaged in their own evacuation, practically did not declare themselves from inside the country. suddenly they decided to spontaneously take up the division of future power in the country, which, in fact, no one had really offered them yet. This resulted on May 4, 1945, in what was officially called the "Prague Uprising", but in reality it was most of the time simply mass armed street riots, without a specific centralized command and organization. In which various, hastily put together, political groups tried to trivially grab some benefits for themselves in the rapidly approaching “bright future”. Subsequently, a certain appearance of a centralized command of the uprising was created by a group of former officers of the Czech army disbanded in 1939 and members of the Czech People’s Rada, an organization that, in fact, created itself on April 30, 1945, that is, just 4 days before the start of the Prague events, from representatives several pre-war political parties, including the Communists.
The chaos that began in the city, of course, greatly hindered the Germans in their plan of their own evacuation. And, after unsuccessful attempts to reach an agreement with the Czech administration (which, however, still did not control the situation on the streets) to end the riots, the German command decided to harshly suppress the uprising in Prague. The Germans had more than enough forces and means for this, and the rebels themselves were weakly armed and disorganized, so, in principle, they did not represent a real danger to military personnel. This is where the “blood bath” of the Czech rebels promised by Mr. Kiselyov would happen, but for the quick and successful implementation of it, the Germans more than had the strength of the Prague garrison, plus the units that had come to the rescue from nearby military training grounds, only a total of about 30 thousand people. with equipment and heavy weapons. But on May 5, a third party unexpectedly intervened in the Prague events - the ROA division consisting of more than 22 thousand bayonets with artillery, tanks, self-propelled gun mounts and other armored vehicles. The Vlasovites in Prague pursued exclusively their own goals, and initially acted solely in their own plan, clearly worked out in advance. Apparently, the command of the division of collaborators who left the German subordination set themselves the task of quickly compelling the Prague garrison to surrender, which, again, the Vlasovites did not expect much resistance from, and then wait for the arrival of American troops in the city. General Bunyachenko, the commander of the ROA division, was apparently about to hand over the symbolic “key” to the Czech capital he had freed, thereby counting on the protection of the Americans for himself and his people. The appearance in the city of an abnormally large and quite combat-ready Vlasov’s division, in fact, saved the rebellious Czechs from the inevitable reprisal, dramatically changing the balance of power in the city.
Approaching Prague from the west, the ROA regiments immediately went into battle with the German units, and by the end of the next day, May 6, they already controlled the Prague airport in Ruzini, as well as almost the entire left-bank part of Prague, including bridges over the Vltava and the dominant heights. In 1945, left-bank Prague was a fairly sparsely populated part of the city, all the main institutions, industrial enterprises and train stations were located on the right bank of the river dividing the city, but at the same time, the Vlasov’s control over the Vltava bridges completely blocked all German forces, preventing them from going west. And that is what became the biggest "headache" of the German command. The forces of the rebellious "Russian" Wehrmacht division, even with the assistance of the rebels, were clearly not enough to completely capture the city. But to hold for a rather long period of time the left bank of the Vltava, preventing the German troops from crossing, was quite within their reach. And in the conditions of a rapid approach to the city from the east of the Red Army, for the Germans this would be tantamount to a death sentence. During the day of May 7, ROA forces, already with some interaction with local rebels, went on the offensive on the right, eastern bank of the Vltava.
In this situation, all the flows of German units, hastily and massively leaving the Eastern Front, were redirected already bypassing the Czech capital, which greatly impeded their movement. In the city itself, meanwhile, fighting continued. In this situation, the German command was already ready to negotiate with the rebels, not realizing that the ROA and the Czech "revolutionaries" were not at all a single whole, and they did not "play along" with their actions of the Red Army. What, in fact, the soldiers of the ROA are doing in Prague, then neither the Czechs nor the Germans fully understood. Late in the evening of May 7, another significant event took place, again completely changing the situation in the Czech capital. A convoy of the US Army arrived in Prague, consisting of cars, jeeps and several M-8 Greyhound armored vehicles with artillery towers, from the 16th US Army Armored Division. It is from here that the legends about American tanks originated, allegedly participating in the Prague uprising. In fact, this convoy, in agreement with the Germans, was sent for negotiations with the Soviet command in the town of Velikhovka, which is 130 km east of Prague. Arriving in the capital of the then Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, the Americans held a short meeting with the command of the local German garrison, then briefly visited the Bartosz rebel headquarters, and, so to speak, attesting to both sides of the conflict, but without interfering, calmly proceeded further to the main goal of their path. But the main thing is that when passing through warring Prague, the Americans clearly told the Germans, Czechs, and Vlasov that the US army was not going to the city under any circumstances. And this radically changed the whole situation. The very next day, May 8, the ROA forces began to leave the battle in order to leave the city as soon as possible. The German command hastily signed an agreement with the rebels on a ceasefire and the free withdrawal of their forces from Prague, which began to be carried out immediately on the same day. In the leadership of the rebels themselves, in anticipation of the imminent imminent arrival of Soviet troops, all the leading posts were quickly taken over by representatives of the Communist Party. And in the early morning of May 9, the first Soviet tanks with an armored landing party entered Prague. That's all.
What is Marshal to blame
Of course, there can be no talk of any liberation of Prague by the Vlasovites. The ROA forces, even at the time of the maximum development of their own offensive, together with the armed Czechs, controlled no more than 30% of the city. Moreover, it was the rebellious Russian collaborators, in fact, who saved the Czech insurgents from the inevitable destruction, and it was the appearance in Prague of a whole division of Vlasovites with a full range of heavy weapons that made the German garrison command sit down at the negotiating table with the Czechs. And, of course, not from the disorganized and weakly armed Czech patriots, the maximum number of which is “under arms”, even the most optimistic Czech historians determine about 15 thousand people, and not from the ROA soldiers, thousands of Wehrmacht and SS soldiers fled the city. They escaped from the advancing Soviet troops, from participants in the very “Prague operation” of the Red Army. And therefore, it was as a result of its holding that the Czech capital was cleared of Nazi troops. And in no other way. And this is the merit, including Marshal Ivan Stepanovich Konev. So what is there to hide? And the fact that the capture of the last of the European capitals was almost bloodless can only be rejoiced.
But I didn’t please, see, Marshal Konev Kiselyov, Myagkov and other cheers-patriots - ugly took Prague. Neither a bloody bathhouse, nor a crushed “half-million garrison” for you, the date is no longer suitable - it’s been late for a whole day, and even the traitors from Vlasov spoil the whole picture of their magnificent liberation with their appearances ... And why did he then in Prague monument? - It's my pleasure. Let the Czechs demolish. It’s better to lie further, but it’s beautiful ... The truth is with her, and with Prague, and with the marshal ...
So, probably, these people somehow argue. Otherwise, I can’t explain it to myself. And the results of their “patriotic” activities we then sadly see on television. And we'll see for sure.
In the presence of such patriots, all "Russophobes" can only clap their hands ...