Friendship was just propaganda. The Moscow-Prague sculpture in the metro will get an explanatory table

Friendship was just propaganda. The Moscow-Prague sculpture in the metro will get an explanatory table
Friendship was just propaganda. The Moscow-Prague sculpture in the metro will get an explanatory table
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“I guess we can agree that the occupier is not a friend,” stated Deputy Mayor Zdeněk Hřib.

Prague councilors approved a document according to which the bronze sculpture with the inscription Moscow-Prague in the vestibule of the Anděl metro station will receive an explanatory table. The modification was proposed by Prague’s Deputy Mayor for Transport Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates).

This sculpture of the Angel is a lie, so we will give it a new form,” stated Hřib, adding that it is necessary to place it in a new context. At the same time, the city together with the transport company (DPP) and the Gallery of the Capital City of Prague (GHMP) will announce an art competition for the modification of the relief.

It will be stated on the table that Czechoslovakia at the time was occupied by the Soviet Union and the friendship between the two countries was only a propaganda claim. “And we can probably agree that the occupier is not a friend“, stated Hřib.

At the time of the construction of the station, Czechoslovakia was occupied by the Soviet Union and thereby deprived of its sovereignty. The legend of Czechoslovak-Soviet friendship was therefore an imposed narrative of the Soviet occupying power“, states the councilors’ decision.

“History cannot be deleted”

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 therefore the time has come for the transformation of this work of art,” the document continues.

Excavation of the station began in 1980, and it was opened under the name Moskevská on November 2, 1985. Originally, the name Lidická was proposed, after the nearby street.

It was renamed to its current name on February 22, 1990. Its counterpart Prazhskaya in Moscow was not renamed. In 2014, it was the second busiest non-transfer station of the Prague metro.

Engineers and architects from the former USSR took part in its construction, while the Czechoslovak Metrostav workers were building Pražská station in Moscow. Both stations were supposed to present the style of the stations in the twin city.

In the area of ​​the platform, there are bronze casts depicting traditional motifs of socialist realism, such as “friendship” with the USSR, the conquest of space, etc. The casts were removed in 1989, but after a short time were put back in, as a consensus was reached that “history cannot delete”.

Hřib wants to remove the statue of Czech-Soviet friendship from the Anděl subway. She’s a liar, he thinks

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