Contemporary Czech art is a parody and a tragedy in one…
The same people, who removed the statue of the Soviet commander, Ivan Konev built a statue of Marie Therese, an eighteenth century Habsburg empress that is known for abolishing serfdom. The Prague elite always had a strange fondness for monarchy and feudalism. Several political projects that arose from Prague had members of noble families as figureheads. It is, I guess, a romantic escape into simpler times before modernity for them.
However, aesthetically, the Commies that raised the statue of Ivan Konev had more sense for realism, and whatever the contemporary shit is…
THE EMPRESS SWALLOWED MORE THAN $100,000 OF THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET
Somebody is playing a cruel joke on the people of Prague, bombing the city with shitty art. Remember the monument to Vlasovite soldiers in Řeporyje Prague. The bloody fuck?
The Czech Republic is a funny place. Following the removal of Konev’s statue, Russia reacted with enacting a law that would prosecute people, who desecrate the monuments to Red Army in Eastern Europe. But the reaction of the Czechs has been rather hysterical. Not so long ago, a piece of news began circulation that the Czech secret service, the BIS, has information that a man has arrived in Prague, who can be a potential danger to Ondřej Kolář, Pavel Novotný, and the principal mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib. All, as I know, were placed under police protection. Recently, the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs said he knows of Russian actions and that should anything happen to Kolář or Novotný, they will know who did it.
I personally think, the BIS has links to Kolář and this is a conspiracy to create a moral panic with the aim of damaging Czech-Russian relations, and the current government in the Czech Republic as all the mayors represent the opposition. The opposition in the Czech Republic is normally represented in urban areas, whereas the government and the president represent the countryside.
Some people seized on the opportunity to have a bit of laugh at the expense of the eccentric mayors of Prague. Some Zdeněk Pernica from an obscure regional right-wing party asked on Facebook how much is the reward, and added that he lost money due to Corona and needs to cover the losses. He did not mention anyone in text but included a doctored picture with himself holding a rifle and the three mayors seated.
Novotný and representatives of the Czech liberal wing went into hysteria and tried to get the police involved.
The journalists were also active…
I really hope the police still has some sense of humour left unlike the liberal turds that went ratting on the man. The issue was widely reported in mainstream media, which tried to create a moral panic.
The chief of the Prague based think tank, European Values, who did gay porn, expectedly cheered theremoval of the statue of the soviet general, Ivan Konev from the memorial to the liberation of Prague…
The Czech Russophobes have found a moral argument to remove the statue of Konev. He commanded the Soviet intervention in Hungary in 1956. Well, that’s damning but Prague has a statue of Winston Churchill, who starved out the Indians, and kept the Boers in concentration camps. That I would say is a far worse moral credit than Ivan Konev could ever amass in his lifetime. Why no solidarity with the Indians, or the South Africans? The real issue here is that Konev is Russian, and that is his misfortune.
The municipality of Prague wants to rename the square on which stands the Russian embassy in honour of Boris Nemtsov…
The Russians will laugh at this stupidity, and Prague will spend money on absolute nonsense. That is all that will happen. Ordinary Czechs don’t give a fuck about Boris Nemtsov, and the latter has never done anything for the Czech Republic.
But little did I realize, how unoriginal the people in Prague that came up with this cringy initiative are. There already is a Boris Nemtsov Plaza in Washington D.C., named so in 2017. In 2018, Vilnius and Kiev were added to the list of proud cities featuring Russian Embassy addresses on Boris Nemtsov Square.
There is group of professional protesters in Prague, actually there are more but they are more or less the same. They go by the names: the Prague Maidan, Kaputin, the Pulse of Europe. The Prague Maidan appeared in the memorable year 2014, and it was actually founded by a Czech, because the Ukrainians (the second largest minority after the Roma) don’t give a hoot. They are a funny lot, and I wanted to share some photos I have collected.
I began calling them “The Exotibetants” because the liberation of Tibet is their cause célèbre.
Read the full story of the controversy in my previous post. Recently, the Prague 6 town hall decided on the removal of the statue and its placement in a museum. I am not certain whether the protester is there still, or if this wasn’t just a posing for a photo shoot.
Something ridiculous is happening in Prague 6 (one of the self-governing parts of Prague)…
In August, somebody painted over the monument to Ivan Konev, the Soviet general that led the liberation of Prague. The municipality of Prague 6 decided not to clean the statue because, as they say, the statue gets vandalised every year. The anonymous vandals blame Konev for suppressing pro-democracy revolt in Hungary 1956, building the Berlin Wall, and lending support to Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia in 1968. However, the monument itself commemorates liberation from the Nazis. The statue has been the target of vandalism for the last four years, it has survived for most of the post-Communist era without eliciting any passions. The municipality seeks ways to remove the statue built in 1980. They have asked the Russian Embassy to take it, which I understand the embassy refuses.
Activists, some say pro-Russian activists, have therefore decided to clean the statue themselves, which they did within three days. According to their words, the paint was easy to remove without application of chemicals. The cleaning attracted a number of weirdos, a guy with a Soviet flag, a guy with a far right Czech party symbolica, and yet another guy with a ROA t-shits, and even mainstream politicians. Then the municipality put up scaffolding over the stature, and covered it with a screen. The screen was immediately torn down by activists. Mind you, this is a municipality that does not take care of other monuments very well.
A “smart bench” that cost a quarter million CZK, that is $10,000 USD, a bench with a garden. The garden dried up because there was nobody to water the plants.
A monument to a Czech war hero, a pilot in the RAF, Frantisek Fajtl, which featured a grass silhouette of an airplane, overgrew because nobody was mowing the lawn.
Somehow the municipality finds money to pay for scaffolding, and the works to cover the statue of Konev. The municipality also found money, some 50,000 CZK (more than $2000) to pay to the Playboy Magazine for a feature story about the mayor, Petr Kolář. This is him…
Update 2020: Another example of utterly unexplainable spending at the municipality of Prague 6 is the construction of public toilets for 3.6 million CZK, which is the price of a flat in some parts of Prague.
In the Czech Republic, one finds it difficult to locate a public toilet when in need. I hope Prague 6 has improved the situation.
The issue of Konev’s statue has already reached Russia. The Russian Culture Minister, Medinsky rather disingenuously called Kolář a Nazi. However, the campaign against the statue has all the hallmarks of Russophobic campaigns elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Prague for instance features the statue of Winston Churchill, who has starved out the Indians, and sold Czechoslovakia off to Stalin. And nothing happens to it. There is an attempt on the part of the East European countries to diminish and tarnish the contribution of the Red Army to victory over Naziism. The motivations might vary; nation building, or building support for NATO. The bottom line is that support for anonymous vandalism by the Prague municipality is an unfriendly act…