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The management of the municipality will have an explanatory table added to the bronze sculpture with the inscription Moscow-Prague in the vestibule of metro station B Anděl. It will state that the former Czechoslovakia was occupied by the Soviet Union and the friendship between the countries was a propaganda claim. This follows from a document approved by Prague councilors on Monday. At the same time, the city, together with the transport company and the Gallery of the City of Prague, will announce an art competition for the modification of the relief.



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1:44 p.m May 13, 2024

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Moscow-Prague sculpture in the vestibule of the metro station Anděl | Photo: Radek Vebr Source: Mf Dnes + LN / Profimedia

The station on line B was opened under the name Moskevská on November 2, 1985, and Soviet engineers played a significant role in its design.


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“Czechoslovakia, however, was occupied by the Soviet Union at the time and thereby deprived of its sovereignty. The legend of Czechoslovak-Soviet friendship was therefore an imposed narrative of the Soviet occupying power,” the document reads.

At the same time, according to the document, the city management will condemn Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine. “Despite the collapse of the Soviet Union, today Russia continues on the same tracks. That is why we unequivocally condemn the war crimes that Russia is committing today in the occupied territories of Ukraine, and that is why the time has come to transform this work of art,” the document continues.

The municipality, together with the transport company and the Gallery of the City of Prague, are preparing an art competition that will determine a new form for the area with the relief. It is located at the Na Knížecí exit.

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“The authors of the work are unknown, more precisely, it is a collective of anonymous scumbags, and therefore it is possible to talk about such a possible intervention. I think it’s better to update the work and not just delete it. Artists will react to the propaganda artwork,” said the mayor’s deputy Jiří Pospíšil (TOP 09).

The station received its current name Anděl not long after the fall of the communist regime, in February 1990. However, the sculpture remained in it even after several reconstructions of the station. The removal or modification of a controversial work referring to Czechoslovak-Soviet cooperation in the pre-November era was repeatedly discussed in Prague in the past. Until now, the opinion prevailed that the work is part of history and reminds of the participation of Soviet experts in the construction of the Prague metro.

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