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Massive Obelisk At Soviet WWII Memorial Is Toppled Into Pond With A Splash

Zenger News obtained a statement from the Latvian State police on Thursday, August 25.

This footage shows a massive Soviet-era obelisk in the Latvian capital Riga being toppled into a pond with a splash.

Latvia has taken down the Soviet-era obelisk in its capital, Riga, amid criticism from Russia and protest from the Baltic country’s ethnic Russian minority.

The nearly 262-foot-high obelisk was at the heart of a monument to commemorate the Red Army’s victory over Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

As a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Latvia has issued a decree stating that all objects glorifying totalitarian regimes are to be destroyed by November 15.

Zenger News obtained a statement from the Latvian State police on Thursday, August 25, saying: “The situation at Uzvara Park on August 25–the day passed peacefully, some violations were recorded. Today, August 25, the situation during the dismantling of the obelisk in Victory Park can be assessed as calm and without significant incidents.

“Some violations were recorded, which were quickly dealt with. In total, four people were detained for disobeying the lawful demands of police officers. Two of them publicly expressed slogans glorifying Russia and its aggression.

“Administrative violation processes have been initiated, the possible violations of these people will be assessed. Also, a woman who had tried to climb over the fence delimiting Uzvara Park was arrested for disobeying the legal demands of the police.

The obelisk of the Soviet-era monument falls after being removed by the authorities in Riga in Latvia on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. The police stated that the situation during the dismantling of the obelisk in Victory Park can be assessed as calm and without significant incidents. (@Valsts.policija/Zenger)

“Law enforcement immediately noticed her, ordered her to stop the violation, but the woman did not do it. The person has already been fined 100 euros [$99]. All violations are unrelated and the overall atmosphere is calm.

“Also, during these days, 27 administrative violation processes and 3 departmental inspections for violations of drone piloting regulations have been started. In total, 20 drone pilots have committed violations these days.

“The police and partner services are monitoring the situation both today and in the previous days in the territory of Uzvaras Park and generally assess it as calm with some incidents that were quickly prevented, preventing their further development.

The obelisk of the Soviet-era monument falls after being removed by the authorities in Riga in Latvia on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. The police stated that the situation during the dismantling of the obelisk in Victory Park can be assessed as calm and without significant incidents. (@Valsts.policija/Zenger)

“As the remaining dismantling process continues, the State Police, in cooperation with the Riga Municipal Police and partner services, will continue to monitor public order and security and is on high alert to respond to any situation.”

Zenger News contacted the Latvian State police for further comment, as well as the Russian and Ukrainian Ministries of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Friday marks the 184th day of the war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 26, Russia had lost about 46,250 personnel, 1,936 tanks, 4,251 armored combat vehicles, 1,040 artillery units, 272 multiple launch rocket systems, 148 air defense systems, 234 warplanes, 202 helicopters, 834 drones, 196 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,162 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 99 units of special equipment.

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

The obelisk of the Soviet-era monument falls after being removed by the authorities in Riga in Latvia on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. The police stated that the situation during the dismantling of the obelisk in Victory Park can be assessed as calm and without significant incidents. (@Valsts.policija/Zenger)

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Herman Halushchenko, Ukraine’s Energy Minister, said the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog could go to the plant in the “coming days”.

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Latvia has taken down a Soviet-era obelisk in its capital, Riga, amid criticism from Russia and protest from the Baltic country’s ethnic Russian minority. The nearly 262-foot obelisk was at the heart of a monument to commemorate the Red Army’s victory over Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

As a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Latvia has issued a decree stating that all objects glorifying totalitarian regimes are to be destroyed by November 15.

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