Finland takes down Moscow-gifted ‘World Peace’ monument

Helsinki officers say the sculpture need to be “reevaluated” after Russia despatched troops into Ukraine 

Finland taken off a peace monument, which was donated by Russia all through late Soviet times, from its pedestal in Helsinki on Monday. The sculpture was considered inappropriate after Moscow released its armed forces procedure in Ukraine in February.

The 6.5-meter (19.6-foot) bronze monument titled ‘World Peace’ was taken down from the pedestal on Thursday, but due to its sizing and excess weight, it took the authorities several days to ferry it out of the metropolis by barge. 

The monument, which is made up of five figures increasing their fists, was donated to Helsinki by Moscow and unveiled to the community in January 1990. 

The sculpture will be stored in the warehouse of the Helsinki Artwork Museum till the museum and the city make a decision its fate. Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted Reetta Heiskanen, a Helsinki society formal, as expressing that the authorities are “following the program method, less than which a general public art item is put in as close as attainable to its first site, retaining its context.” 

Town officers have argued that the monument has no location in Helsinki just after Russia introduced its army operation in Ukraine.

“Over the a long time, the sculpture has captivated a great deal of justified criticism. Following the war of aggression by Russia, we have irrevocably entered a new period, where such symbolism is certain to be reevaluated,” Helsinki Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemaki said in March. 

Soon after the navy conflict in Ukraine started, the monument was defaced, and Ukrainian flags were fitted into the fingers of the statues. 

The monument has sparked discussion in the earlier. In 1991, a 12 months just after it was unveiled, a group of protesting pupils tarred and feathered the sculpture. In 2010, the framework survived an try to blow it up.


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