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Vandalism In Orgeev-town unknown vandals desecrated the monument erected in honor of soldiers who died in World War II, January 2014

The topic of World War Two is a sensitive issue in Moldova in general.There are various underlying issues and controversies in Moldovan society, related to unionism and national identity, which are often expressed in vandalism and damage against monuments to antifascist forces and the Red Army in particular.

Several cases of vandalism were recorded, the vast majority of them were in Chisinau. On the night of May 9, 2013, unknowns have desecrated a monument to soldiers of the Great Patriotic War in Ohrei, by tearing off the memorial plaque to the fallen soldiers, whose names remained unknown. Memorial plaque, saying “Glory to Heroes!” was thrown by vandals onto a river bank. The monument was once again desecrated on January 3, 2014.

In Chisinau, vandals had desecrated a monument to Victims of the Holocaust, located at Jerusalem Street. Unknown criminals painted an anti-Semitic inscription on the monument. Presumably, this act of vandalism was committed between June 2 and 5. Criminals drew a Nazi swastika on a memorial slab.

On May 13, vandals scratched a swastika on a BMW X6. Owner of the vehicle believes that the attack was provoked by stickers on the vehicle, “Happy Victory Day” and “Thank you, grandfather for the Victory.

On September 1, 2013 Mayor of Chisinau Dorin Chirtoaca said that he intends to dismantle and move Soviet monuments to liberators from fascism, following Estonia’s example. Chirtoaca reminded that the Bronze Soldier in Estonia was moved from the centre of Tallinn to its outskirts. He believes that if similar action is taken in Moldova, it will be able to become a full member of the European community in the future .

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