Preparations for the renovation of the Soviet memorial on Stralsund's Neuer Markt are underway. The exchange with the Russian embassy takes place - despite the war in Ukraine.
Stralsund (dpa / mv) - Employees of a restoration company have reinstalled the bronze relief of a Soviet memorial in Stralsund. It was dismantled in February for investigations as part of a planned redevelopment. According to the city, an expert report and a renovation plan are to be coordinated with the State Office for Culture and Monument Preservation M-V.
Accordingly, the Russian Embassy, with which the city is in regular contact, should also be spoken to. The Russian attack on Ukraine and the corresponding political dispute with Russia will not affect the rehabilitation, it said.
According to earlier information from the city archaeologist Gunnar Möller, the obelisk, five to six meters high and clad in red granite, was inaugurated in 1967 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the October Revolution. The relief shows a Soviet soldier shaking hands with a German civilian.
The memorial is to be renovated as part of the redesign of the Neuer Markt. The relief had been removed to learn more about the structure. The memorial is intended to commemorate the liberation from the Nazis in connection with millions of victims of the Red Army in Stralsund, the city said at the time.