BULGARIA-HISTORY-COMMUNISM-CULTURE-COMBO : News Photo

BULGARIA-HISTORY-COMMUNISM-CULTURE-COMBO

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This combination of three pictures taken in Sofia (from top) on August 21, 2013, on June 17, 2011 and on March 15, 2012 shows the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, painted by an unknown artist in cheeky pink facelift to decry the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia on August 20-21, 1968, the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, painted by an unknown artist to resemble U.S. comic book heroes and characters from popular culture like Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald, the mascot of fast-food chain giant McDonald's, and the same monument after it was cleaned. Over two decades after the toppling of the regime they glorified, the megalomaniac monuments of the communist era are still standing, setting a quandary for Bulgarian authorities, who can neither maintain nor dismantle them. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF - NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF,NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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This combination of three pictures taken in Sofia (from top) on August 21, 2013, on June 17, 2011 and on March 15, 2012 shows the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, painted by an unknown artist in cheeky pink facelift to decry the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia on August 20-21, 1968, the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, painted by an unknown artist to resemble U.S. comic book heroes and characters from popular culture like Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald, the mascot of fast-food chain giant McDonald's, and the same monument after it was cleaned. Over two decades after the toppling of the regime they glorified, the megalomaniac monuments of the communist era are still standing, setting a quandary for Bulgarian authorities, who can neither maintain nor dismantle them. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF - NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF,NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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August 21, 2013
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