Monument honoring WWII Soviet era soldiers desecrated in Vienna, again (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
A monument in memory of thousands of Soviet era soldiers - who died while liberating Vienna from Nazi occupation - has again been desecrated, prompting the Russian embassy in Austria to file a strong protest to Austrian authorities.
The foreside of the Heroes' Monument of the Red Army located at Vienna’s central Schwarzenbergplatz square was daubed with dark-red dye, the Russian Embassy in Vienna said in a statement, while condemning the incident.
It also stressed that it sent a protest note to the Austrian Foreign Ministry and demanded that authorities “take immediate measures to eliminate the damage, to find those responsible [for desecration] and bring them to justice as well as to prevent similar incidents in the future.”
В Вене осквернён памятник советским Воинам-Освободителям. Фасад залит темно-красной краской. В @MFA_Austria направлена нота протеста. pic.twitter.com/rJ3QvUahOx— RusBotschaft Wien (@RusBotWien) January 16, 2017
The embassy also urged the authorities to “take comprehensive measures to provide necessary security for the memorial” in the view of repeated incidents of its desecration, in the Austrian capital.
On February 23, 2015, it was defaced with black dye and, on May 8, 2014, it was vandalized with blue and yellow dye, resembling the colors of the Ukrainian national flag.
We strongly condemn the act of vandalism over the Soviet War Memorial in Vienna #Schwarzenbergplatz on 16 January 2017— Russian Mission OSCE (@RF_OSCE) January 16, 2017
Following those incidents, the Russian embassy also demanded that Austrian authorities take necessary measures to protect the monument and to stop such incidents from occurring again.
The Heroes' Monument of the Red Army in Vienna was erected in August 1945 to commemorate the 17,000 Soviet soldiers who were killed in the Battle for Vienna between March and April 1945 during WWII.