The mayor of Prague took the initiative to take away the title of honorary citizen from Konev. The opposition called this decision “a hysterical attempt to rewrite history” “The authorities of Prague deprived Marshal Konev of the title of honorary citizen” />
Deputies of the city council approved the deprivation of the title of honorary citizen of Prague of the Soviet commander and Marshal Ivan Konev, who received it in 1946, reports the publication Česke Noviny.< /p>
Ondřej Prokop, chairman of the opposition YES party of deputies, called this decision “a hysterical attempt to rewrite history”.
The mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, proposed to deprive Konev of his title on May 6. In his opinion, the act of conferring the title of honorary citizen should be considered “in the modern context and taking into account the further development of Czechoslovakia.” Among the reasons, the mayor cited Konev's decision to bomb Mlada Boleslav on May 9, 1945 and his participation in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956. In addition, Grzhib noted that the marshal was the commander-in-chief of a group of Soviet troops in Germany during the Berlin crisis.
The mayor also mentioned the political views of Konev, who “did not agree with Nikita Khrushchev's criticism of Stalin's crimes and condemnation of the cult of personality” and also “planned a military invasion of Poland in October 1956.” in response to “democratization measures” this country.
Konev— twice Hero of the Soviet Union and Commander of the Order of Victory. He commanded the fronts during the Great Patriotic War, participated in the battle for Moscow and the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Czechoslovakia from German troops. Marshal died in 1973.
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