Smolninsky district court of St. Petersburg rejected the suit of a local resident Pavel Kuznetsov to the city government about the dismantling of the memorial plaque to Finnish Marshal Carl Mannerheim in the Northern capital.
As reported by judge Tatiana Matusiak, the plaintiff asked to recognize the illegal actions of the city government for the installation of the Board, but in the process it was found that Smolny has not issued the relevant regulations, passes “Fontanka”.
“Recognize that the government has made the steps to install the Board, is not possible. It is not established actual circumstances”, – quotes “Interfax” the servant of Themis. As it turned out, the official Board hasn’t been on someone’s balance sheet.
In addition, in the process, the plaintiff was permitted to call as witnesses, Minister of culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Govorunova who took part in the opening of the said Board. Matusiak also denied the involvement of the municipal Committee for culture as a Respondent in the claim.
Medina previously shied away from answering the question of journalists about the fate of this memorial plaque in honor of the former commander of the Finnish army.
Meanwhile, in early September, the Agency TASS reported, citing its sources, that the administration of the Central area of the city has forwarded to the city Committee on culture documents that the Board was installed illegally and soon it is dismantled.
The Board solemnly opened on June 16 with the participation of the now former head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov. It was installed on the facade of the Military Academy of logistics on Zakharyevskaya street – in the former barracks of the cavalry guard of Empress Maria Feodorovna regiment, where Mannerheim had served from 1891 to 1897 after graduating from the Nikolaev military Academy.
The installation of the Board caused a public outcry, since it repeatedly doused with paint. Petersburg, the public was divided in assessing the role of Mannerheim in the history. Supporters of the idea to perpetuate the name of the Marshal in the city on the Neva remember his services to the Royal army, participating in the Russo-Japanese and First world wars, the Asian expedition.
Opponents of the initiative point to the participation of the Finnish army in the siege of Leningrad and the role of Mannerheim as commander in chief in this process, and also blamed direct contacts with the leader of the Third Reich Adolf Hitler, who on 4 June 1942 was a guest at the 75th anniversary of the Finnish Marshal.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on a question of journalists on how the Kremlin is specific to the installation of this Board, answered vaguely: “so far, the identity of the Mannerheim controversial. But clearly absolutely it is possible to say that this is an outstanding personality, is personality related to our history and identity, the role of which will long be studied by historians”.
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim is considered a national hero in Finland, but 30 years of his life connected with Russia. In 1887 he went to serve in the Russian army, where he served until 1917. He served at the Imperial court in St. Petersburg, participated in the Russo-Japanese war, commanded the Russian army in the First world. After the October revolution and the coming to power of the Bolsheviks Mannerheim left Finland.
30 November 1939 – the day of the Soviet-Finnish war (1939-1940 years) – Mannerheim was appointed Supreme commander of the army of Finland. Under his leadership, the Finnish troops were able to withstand the first blow of the red army and successfully conduct combat operations against the enemy with numerical superiority.
However, on 9 March 1940 Mannerheim recommended that the government of Finland to look for any ways to the world because the reserves were exhausted, and the exhausted army was unable long to hold the front against a much stronger opponent. 13 March in Moscow signed a peace agreement on the terms of Union, to which Finland gave the Soviet Union 12% of its territory.