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Russia's embassy in Prague has made a formal protest against new incidents of vandalism
Russia's embassy in Prague has made a formal protest against new incidents of vandalism at a local military cemetery where a total of 48 Soviet graves were damaged, an embassy official said Tuesday. The graves of the Soviet soldiers, who took part in the liberation of Prague from fascists during WWII, were desecrated at a cemetery in the capital early Monday, and bronze plaques displaying the names of those buried, together with Red Army symbols were stolen. "The embassy sent a letter to the Czech Republic's Foreign Ministry, and... expressed the hope that in line with current Russian-Czech agreements on shared maintenance of military cemeteries, the Czech side will take relevant measures to find those guilty and restore the headstones as soon as possible," Alexander Pismenny, who supervises humanitarian cooperation, said. Pismenny added that the ministry hoped that security at Red Army cemeteries in the Czech Republic would be tightened. A similar situation occurred in late May, when 12 headstones were vandalized. "Czech authorities said then that they were looking for the offenders, but the search has provided no results as yet, and a similar act [of vandalism] was committed early Monday. Last time we were told the case had been passed to the Czech police, and that an investigation was underway, but we have not been informed of the results yet," he said. Pismenny said the embassy will continue to deal with the issue, as it represents all interests of the Russian Federation.
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