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    There's a courage monument in the city of Brest commemorating Soviet soldiers fell during the war. CNN journalists thought the monument is ugly including it in the list of ugliest monuments from around the world. Russian lawmakers said such nomination shows disrespect and sacrilege toward the memory of the millions of the dead and the veterans. It seems the Russian lawmakers from Russian Duma are more concerned over the incident than the Belarusians on whose territory the monument is standing.

    Anyway, the monument may not be one of the better pieces of artistic work, but journalists should give some consideration about which monuments to include in such nominations. CNN apologised later.

    CNN Apologizes for Calling Belarus World War II Monument Ugly
    An article commenting on the supposed flatulence of a statue commemorating Soviet soldiers who fought in World War II has not gone down well with Russian lawmakers, who argued the criticism made light of the sacrifices made during the war.
    CNN apologized on Thursday for including the Courage monument in the Belarussian city of Brest on a list of "the world's ugliest monuments," after Russian lawmakers said that casting doubt on the sculpture's artistic merits also undermined the soldiers' valor.
    The television network included the monument in a jocular online article last month about monumental architecture that, it said, blurred the line "between timeless artistic statement and outsized novelty paperweight."
    Instead of honoring the people to whom they were supposed to be a tribute, those monuments often served as a "gaudy testament" to the ambitions of their sculptors or of "dictators and selection panels who thought them a great idea at the time," CNN said.
    The text of the original article, since revised, said that the statue of the giant Soviet soldier emerging from a mountainous block of concrete in Brest was a "reminder not to mess with Belarus — ever," or that perhaps the soldier just looked "constipated," Russian media reported.
    The statement caused an outpour of indignation from several Russian lawmakers who jumped to the monument's defense.
    State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Neverov, a leader of the pro-Kremlin United Russia faction, called the article "insulting and unacceptable in a normal society."
    "At the very least, it is disrespect and sacrilege toward the memory of the millions of the dead, to the veterans and their descendants, to everyone who saved the world from the fascist plague," he said in a comment published on the United Russia website.
    Deputy head of the Duma's Constitutional Affairs Committee Rivzan Kurbanov, of the United Russia faction, called the CNN list "blasphemy and abomination," Lenta.ru reported.
    "All the nations and peoples regard sneering at monuments as shameful," he said.
    CNN said that the article was intended as a "lighthearted look at monumental architecture worldwide."
    Any offense it caused " was unintended and we apologize," an editor's note appended to the article said.
    Besides the monument in Brest, the compilation of  "ugliest monuments" also included a Pope John Paul II memorial in Rome, a Martin Luther King memorial in Ohio, a 9/11 memorial — presented by Russia as a "gift" to the U.S. — in New Jersey, and monuments to pop icon Michael Jackson and to writer Oscar Wilde in London.
    No protests by Catholic leaders, African-American rights activists, 9/11 victims survivors, or music or literary buffs were reported.



    i think its ugly as well. being a ww2 monument doesnt make that thing any nicer. neither does emotional hysteria.



    I remember that article

    Monument to the Revolution of the people of Moslavina
    this monument was on the first page, incorrectly called "Spomeniks" (Spomenik means Monument in Serbocroatian)

    The "Spomeniks" commissioned by former Yugoslavian dictator Josip Broz Tito in the sixties and seventies to commemorate the battles of the Second World War, are brutal concrete sculptures that have survived in remote locations around the former state, Titо's monuments resemble demolished Soviet apartment blocks jammed on the field….

    I read the comments and most people thought CNN was being very insulting and that "Spomeniks" was created by aliens or that it was a pokemon or spaceship  ;D

    they removed the article


    i think its ugly as well. being a ww2 monument doesnt make that thing any nicer. neither does emotional hysteria.

    The monument is not a 'masterpiece' typical  of Soviet Era built in 1965(?).  There's another one in Hrodna which could be designed better.

    The fight was in the famous Brest fortress between Soviets and Nazi. Brest city was transferred to SU after division of Poland 2 years earlier with NKVD making numerous arrests whom it deemed to be anti-Soviet. So, people in Brest weren't happy about Soviet presence during the time. 

    The monument seem to be more important for the Russian government, as WWII is part of the history that unites the Russian nation. Some people in Russia whose ancestors probably never entered Belarus are more concerned than the Belarusians themselves.

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