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Relief of the monument to the Soviet Army painted with pop-culture characters and later cleaned
Sofia, Bulgaria, 2011
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Thomson Reuters Corporation, New York, United States
Sofia, Bulgaria, 2015
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House of European History, Brussels, Belgium

After 1989 people no longer accepted the communist view of history, which promoted the Soviet Union and the Red Army as the liberators of Central and Eastern Europe from the Nazis. For many, the Soviet intervention was simply another occupation. Communist statues and street signs became subject of public debate, were removed or even destroyed.