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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The court rejected the claim on the dismantling of the Board to Mannerheim in St. Petersburg

Smolninskiy district court dismissed the action on the dismantling of a memorial plaque to Finnish Marshal Mannerheim. The decision is motivated by the fact that in the course of the investigation it was established that the St. Petersburg city administration has not issued regulations regarding the installation of the commemorative plaque and did not commit any action in this direction.

“Recognize that the government of Petersburg has made the steps to install the Board, is not possible. It is not established factual circumstances,” announced the judge matusyak Tatyana.

“The activities of the Mannerheim generally ambiguous, even questionable. That is why it causes so much debate”

After the announcement of the decision, the representative plaintiff expressed surprise at the fact that the judge herself is not appointed proper defendant in accordance with article 43 of the Administrative code. In addition, he reported on the refusal of the court to prosecute as witnesses in the case of the Minister of culture, Vladimir Medinsky, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Govorunova. In this regard, counsel stated its intention to appeal the district court’s decision in a higher court, and file a separate claim to the culture Committee.

“We will certainly appeal this decision and continue to deliver to the authorities the inconvenience as long as the Board is resolved to remove” – said Ilya Craft.

Board discord

The story of the installation of the commemorative plaque Carl Gustaf Mannerheim on Zakharyevskaya street will be continued after the lawyer Ilya Craft, posted on Twitter a claim Petersburger Pavel Kuznetsov to Smolny to recognize not only immoral, but illegal installation of a monument to the commander-in-chief of the army, in order that the Finnish soldiers with the Nazis “starved Soviet prisoners of war were applied to them and torture and executions.”

As noted by the author of the claim, in accordance with the decree of the city government № 1371 “About measures for implementation of the law of St. Petersburg “On commemorative plaques in Saint Petersburg”, the decision to install this Board was made precisely by the government of the city.

According to Kuznetsov, the emergence of such memorial on the merits means the assignment to me as a resident of St. Petersburg the obligation to preserve the historical memory about the identity of Carl Mannerheim as part of the historical heritage and pass on this memory to future generations, to treat this person with honor.

By the way, before Kuznetsov appealed to the courts, to do this meant the leader of the Petersburg branch of party “the Other Russia” Andrey Dmitriev, declared: “This Board is illegally installed, and I have the right to apply for its dismantling, in the administration of the Central district.”

Why this was not done, hard to say. However, one of the leaders of “Other Russia” Alexander Averin said the newspaper VIEW: “I, although living in Moscow, is also outraged by the appearance of such a Board. To speak out against this monument, it is enough to know that Mannerheim was head of state and commander in chief, and so people were killed on his orders! This alone is enough!”

However, at the end of the conversation, when asked about the legality of the party August 1 stocks, in which the memorial was splattered with paint, Averin was limited to not too specific phrase: “in fact, to understand what was happening in this story should seriously deeper”.

Note that the question of what role was played during the siege of Leningrad, the commander of the Finnish army, is still controversial among historians. In the documents attached to statement of claim, a copy published in the beginning of the war the Mannerheim order, which States: “In this historical moment of Finnish and German soldiers again, as during the liberation war in Finland in 1918, stood shoulder to shoulder as comrades in the battle against Bolshevism, the Soviet Union. This glorious brotherhood in arms will inspire my soldiers in the fight against the common enemy”.

Meanwhile, in Petersburg for several years operated the Museum of Mannerheim, on the website which explicitly stated: “One of the unique exhibits devoted to the life and activities of outstanding political figure and wonderful person of Marshal Mannerheim, based on the photographs and documents included in the collection of Professor L. V. Vlasova”.

The Leonid Vasilievich Vlasov, corresponding member of the Petrovskaya Academy of Sciences, Professor, member of the international community of writers ‘ unions, a knight of the silver cross of St. George of the Union of Russia and the author of six books on Mannerheim, met earlier with the correspondent of the newspaper LOOK, said: “Mannerheim fought not against people but against the Communists. In March 1942, he decided to make the Soviet prisoners of war laborers in Finnish farms! You know how many people he saved life? Mannerheim always openly supported Russian, defended the Union of the Russian people, and it’s at his suggestion in Finland was organized on the occasion of the Russian people – the birthday of Pushkin. By the way, Stalin in a letter to Zhdanov and ordered: “Mannerheim’s not in any list of war criminals not include”!

By the way, during the opening of the June 16, notorious the memorial plaque, in response to playing out of the crowd shout “Shame!” culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said: “do Not try to be a great patriot and a Communist than Stalin, who personally defended Mannerheim”.

Diplomacy and tolerance

Finnish diplomats reacted to the story with the commemorative plaque with their profession care. Acting Consul General of Finland in St. Petersburg Mikko Kivikoski explained the newspaper VIEW its position: “the State government play no role in the installation of a memorial plaque in honour of Mannerheim and generally are not parties to this undertaking. A source of information in this case are the Russian media, in which we read about the events associated with the plaque and on the discussions which have arisen on this subject”.

Among the residents of St. Petersburg there are a lot of people trying not to stick to the extremes. The rector of Saint Petersburg medical-social Institute, Professor, veteran of the great Patriotic war, included in the biographical dictionary “Famous people of St. Petersburg, Boris I. Shulutko said the newspaper VIEW: “it should be noted that the initiators of the memorial plaque to the Mannerheim certainly was guided by the total of both domestic and international situations. As far as I know, such horrific acts, as with the Nazis, the Finns were not made. The activities of the Mannerheim generally ambiguous, even questionable. That is why it causes so much controversy. So before coming to any conclusions it was necessary for everyone to understand.


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