Daugavpils City Council will sign a letter of intent with the Russian Consulate General in Latvia on the restoration of a memorial to Soviet soldiers in Dubrovina Park, this week decided by the city council.
Ruslan Golovan, the head of the Municipal Legal Department, explained at the meeting that several associations in the municipality had asked to take measures to preserve the memorial in Dubrovina Park. When inspecting the memorial by the representatives of the municipality and the Consulate General, it was concluded that it is in poor condition, the granite finish and pavement need to be changed.
In parallel, the Russian side has offered to finance the restoration of the memorial, but a memorandum of understanding must be concluded for this purpose. Responding to questions from deputies, Golovan explained that the Consulate General wants to include the intentions of both parties in the protocol, because the Russian side wants to be sure of the municipality’s involvement, and the object is located on municipal land.
According to the letter of intent, the municipality will coordinate the work and materials to be carried out, while the Consulate General will carry out the remaining work, including financing the renovation and selecting a builder. The selected contractor, the municipality and the Consulate General will enter into a tripartite contract for the execution of the construction works.
The municipality explained that formally the memorial site is not the property of the municipality, however, according to the agreement concluded with the Consulate General of Russia many years ago, the city takes care of its cleanliness and safety. This is a common practice in many places in Latvia.
Various events take place in Dubrovina Park at the memorial every year on May 9, when Victory Day is celebrated in Russia.