soviet army monument

BULGARIA, Sofia : A picture taken in Sofia on August 21, 2013, shows the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, painted by an unknown artist in cheeky pink facelift to decry the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia on August 20-21, 1968. The massive bronze relief sculpture depicting nine Soviet army soldiers was flamboyantly painted pink overnight and adorned with captions “Prague ‘68” and “Bulgaria apologises.” As part of the so-called Warsaw Pact, Bulgarian troops took part in the 1968 Soviet invasion of the former Czechoslovakia that crushed the Prague Spring reformist uprising in the country. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF

The most discussed thing here for the last couple of days. The memorial of the Soviet Army in Sofia was painted by an anonymous artist Thursday night. The good ol' communist troops were replaced with the “new” American heroes. It was a very good provocation. It certainly triggered different emotions, all of the media here were talking about this - some saying that is a piece of art, a real example of contemporary art and it’s power & others as an act of vandalism. Consider it as you wish! But young folks here are starting the process of the awakening of their self-consciousness and realizing the situation of social disorder and criminal goverment in our little shitty country! Big ups

BULGARIA, Sofia : A boy looks at a figure painted in the colours of Ukraine on the monument of the Soviet Army in central Sofia on February 23, 2014. The main Soviet army monument in Sofia received a pro-Ukraine makeover early February 23 after massive pro-European protests in the former Soviet country turned deadly in the past week. AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV