The Russian embassy in Bern is circulating photos showing the Suvorov war memorial largely cleaned of the former stains in the colors of the Ukrainian national flag. In a statement on Wednesday, the embassy thanks compatriots and Swiss people who took the initiative to clean up.
On May 16, the Russian embassy condemned the soiling of the monument in a letter to the Swiss foreign department and demanded that Switzerland investigate the crime and clean it up. But Uri refused to clean the monument. The government of Uri said on Tuesday that the Russian state was responsible for removing the paint. As the owner of the monument, the Russian Federation would have to commission the cleaning work itself and bear the costs.
Perpetrators are unknown
The perpetrators of the paint attack are not yet known. The cantonal police in Uri published an appeal for witnesses, but by Tuesday they had received “no useful information about the perpetrators,” they say.
The memorial in Andermatt UR commemorates the expedition of the Russian Field Marshal Alexander Suvorov with 21,000 men from Italy through the Alps to the north in the war year 1799. This resulted in a bloody battle with Napoleon’s troops in the Schöllenen. Hundreds of Russian soldiers fell.
A century later, in 1898, Tsarist Russia erected a 12 meter high cross with a golden inscription in honor of the fallen in a rock. (SDA/noo)
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