February 8, 2023

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Desecration of the monument to Admiral Ushakov in Kerkyra

The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Greece condemned another desecration of the monument. This time, the monument to Admiral Ushakov in Corfu was attacked by vandals.

The Russian diplomatic mission notes that the act of vandalism is aimed at the joint historical heritage of Russia and Greece, reports TASS. The Russian Embassy on Saturday demanded that the Greek authorities investigate the desecration of a monument in the city of Kerkyra, on the island of Corfu (Kerkyra) in the Ionian Sea. It calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, and the memorial to be restored to its proper form. The statement from the diplomatic mission reads:

“In connection with the desecration of the monument, the embassy sent a note to the Greek Foreign Ministry demanding to investigate the act of vandalism and bring the perpetrators to justice. We expect the municipal authorities of Corfu to bring the memorial into proper shape. The corresponding appeal was handed over to them by the honorary consul of Russia in Corfu and the Ionian Islands.”

The embassy posted two photographs of the monument – with the Greek flag and flowers that are regularly laid on it, and another, in which the monument to Admiral Ushakov is smeared with red paint. Under the photos it says:

“This is another anti-Russian act, which is also directed against our common historical heritage.”

The monument to Admiral Ushakov is located at the foot of the fortress “Neo Frurio” in the very center of Kerkyra. It was erected in memory of the liberation of Corfu and other Ionian Islands from French occupation by Ushakov’s squadron, which drove out Napoleon’s troops from there in 1799.

In 1800-1807, as a Russian protectorate, on the islands of Kerkyra, Paxos, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Zakynthos and Kitira, the Republic of the Seven Islands was created – the first independent Greek state formation since the fall of Constantinople.

On March 19, the Russian Embassy condemned the desecration in the center of Athens Monument to Soviet soldierswho fell for the freedom and independence of Greece in 1941-1944, and demanded that the authorities of that country do everything necessary to investigate this barbaric act and punish the vandals.

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