Prague to remove monument to WWII Soviet commander

A Prague district is planning to remove a statue of a Soviet World War II commander Ivan Konev from its site, a move that will likely anger Russia

Marshall Konev led the Red Army forces that liberated large parts of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi occupation in 1945. His monument, unveiled in the Prague 6 district in 1980, has been a source of controversy.

Russia vehemently protested when an explanatory text about Konev's role in crushing the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising in Hungary and preparing the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia was attached to his monument last year.

Konev should be replaced by a new monument.