About 200 signatures were gathered at the next picket against the monument Czech Legionnaires in Samara, told RIA Novosti one of the organizers of the picket, the representative of public organization “Essence of time” Sergei Bobrov.
“The picket was held today. In it, as was stated earlier, was attended by five people. He was held without violations. Three hours of the picket had collected about 200 signatures against the installation of the monument,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
The activist noted that the collection of signatures under the petition will continue. It is assumed that it will be sent to the Minister of defence Sergei Shoigu. According to representatives of the organization “Essence of time”, they are not happy with the installation of the monument to the Czechoslovak Legionnaires, because they believe that their role in the history of Russia was negative.
Czechoslovak corps in the Russian army was formed from former prisoners of war of the Austro-Hungarians and later took part in the Civil war in Russia on the side of the White army. Earlier it was reported that the Czech defence Ministry has expressed concern around the failure of the Samara authorities of the Russian-Czech intergovernmental agreement on mutual protection of war graves, which is reflected in problems in the city, the memorial sign to the Czechoslovak legionaries.
Also the head of Department of the Ministry of defense of Russia to perpetuate the memory of those killed in the defense of the Fatherland Vladimir Popov said that the unresolved status of this problem is a growing resentment of the Czech side that may entail a heightened symmetric reaction against the Russian war memorials in the Czech Republic. He explained that the administration of Samara region and Samara city do not fulfill the Protocol decision of the joint Russian-Czech Commission of the city of this sign. The meeting of the joint Russian-Czech intergovernmental Commission on military burial places will take place in Samara on April 6.
The Czech Ministry of defense, in accordance with the agreement, annually allocates funds for repairs in the Republic of memorials, cemeteries and individual graves of Russian and Soviet soldiers. Just on the memorial of the Czech sign is supposed to bring the 147 names of the Legionnaires of the Czechoslovak corps, which took part in the Civil war in Russia.