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Israel to erect monument to Red Army defeat of Nazi Germany

Published time: October 05, 2011 18:45
Edited time: October 06, 2011 19:35

Monument to Red Army

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A monument commemorating the Red Army's victory over fascism will appear in the Israeli city of Netanya.

A scale model has just been unveiled at Moscow's Second World War Museum. It was designed by Russian artists following an initiative by the leaders of both countries.

The monument will be the first in Israel to be dedicated to Soviet forces. Work on it has already begun on the Mediterranean coast. It will be finished next year.

This comes as Vladivostok's Eternal Flame monument is back to being eternal again.

The flame's gas supply had been cut off over an unpaid bill, as Russia's Pacific Fleet, which owns the memorial, was $3,000 behind in payments. The money had not been factored into the fleet's budget.

The debt has now been cleared. That was the only time the fire has stopped burning since it was lit for the first time in 2010.

President Medvedev has slammed both the fleet and the gas supplier, calling the decision to switch-off the Eternal Flame "completely unacceptable," despite the debt.

Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov apologised to war veterans over the incident. Two officials, responsible for the incident, lost their jobs.

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