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Portrait of Mannerheim on the streets of St. Petersburg called the public response

Submitted by Serg A Nik on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 10:19

On April 24, on the streets of St. Petersburg was seen a bus with a large portrait of the famous Finnish politician of the 20th century, Carl Mannerheim. The appearance of a portrait of Mannerheim led the discussion in the Russian Internet. The dissatisfaction of many residents of St. Petersburg produced the following facts:

  • Mannerheim was an ally of Germany during the Second World War. He commanded the Finnish army during the war against the Soviet Union.
  • May 9 Russia celebrates Victory Day over Nazi troops, ending the war.

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim is famous Finnish soldier and statesman, was a general in the Russian Empire Army (until April 25, 1917), general and Marshal of Finland army, the president of Finland. While being in the Russian army he was awarded the Order of St. George for bravery.
On the bus route number K-177 was placed a large portrait of Mannerheim, on which he is depicted during his service in the Russian Imperium Army.

Portrait of a bus put social movement "Ingria". Members of the movement offer separate the Leningrad region from Russia. Placement of the portrait on the bus is in particular response to the action of supporters of Joseph Stalin, who last year put on buses portrait of Stalin.

The photo  of Hitler and Mannerheim meeting during the Second World War.  (SA-kuva). 24 huhtikuuta 2013 Pietarin

The photo of Hitler and Mannerheim meeting during the Second World War. Photo from the archive of the armed forces of Finland (SA-kuva).
From 1939 to 1941 the Soviet Union was an ally of Nazi Germany. In 1939, the Soviet Union and Germany divided Europe into spheres of interest. Mannerheim was an ally of Hitler after the war with the Soviet Union in 1939 - 1940.

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