According to the district headman, the Russian embassy was offered to move the monument to its territory. After the refusal, the vandals tried to demolish the monument, which caused protests in defense of the monument.
He notes that he did not want to cause a resonance around the monument, so he ordered to demolish it.
“We never tried to remove the monument. If Russia had not begun its operations through the Prague embassy, then the statue would still have stood in place, ”Parlamentni listy quotes him.
In early April, Prague authorities demolished the monument to Soviet Marshal Konev. The dismantling caused violent reactions from the authorities and diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic and Russia.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the dismantled monument must be restored either in the Czech Republic or in Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry is considering the option of buying out a monument.