Rewritten plaque on Konev statue will tell of general’s role in suppressing Prague Spring

Russia has been accused of interfering in the affairs of the Czech Republic after its embassy tried to block changes to the inscription on a Soviet-era statue.

Russian diplomats say councillors are trying to rewrite history with proposed wording explaining the chequered role of Russian Marshal Ivan Konev, who was twice designated a Hero of the Soviet Union by Stalin and whose remains are buried in the Kremlin. The diplomats have successfully delayed the change after petitioning the mayor, lobbying the foreign and culture ministries, enlisting the support of other former Soviet states and, most recently, invoking an obscure 1985 treaty on the protection of Europe’s architectural heritage.

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