In the US a monument to traitor Vlasov

History 31/01/20 in the US a monument to traitor Vlasov

the other day the Russian foreign Ministry condemned the plans of the authorities of Prague to perpetuate the memory of Russian General-collaborator Andrei Vlasov. Meanwhile, the first monument to the Soviet military commander, promoted to the service of the Germans, in 1967, was installed in the United States. The authorities of the country-ally of the USSR anti-Hitler coalition is not only authorized the erection of a monument, but, according to some, has funded it.

“Yes, know”

to see the monument to Vlasov, need to come to the village Nanuet, 30 kilometers from new York city, and then get to the Orthodox convent Novo-Diveevo is one of the main centers of Russian Church life in North America. It was here, on the largest U.S. the monastery cemetery, is a monument to the General. Externally it is a white obelisk topped by a Golden dome with an Orthodox cross. Under crossed tricolour and the flag of St. Andrew is a photograph of Andrei Vlasov in the frame. On the front side of the obelisk are carved the inscriptions, “Yes they know” and “the liberation movement of the peoples of Russia 1941-1945”. On the other side the inscription: “Russia – our. Russia’s past is our. The future of Russia – ours.”


the appearance of the monument to Vlasov cannot be understood without having understood the relationship between the two waves of Russian emigration in America. Settled in the United States whites and other refugees of the revolutionary era took got to the New world soldiers of the ROA as traitors, but as comrades in misfortune, which in the Soviet Union faces certain death. In 1945 noblemen-emigrants came to the defense rebelled Russian prisoners of camp Fort Dix, whom the us government in the end still deported to the Soviet Union. A letter with a request to spare the Vlasov wrote to General Eisenhower, the former commander of the Volunteer army Anton Denikin (who supported the USSR in the war against HitlerRA).

In the second half of 40th years, the number of fighters escaped the issuance of the POA in the United States increased. To enter to America, they openly lied, changing the names and giving incorrect data. Such persons were threatened with deportation, until, in 1950, the year with the filing of Senator John F. Kennedy (the future President), was not adopted a law allowing Russian illegal immigrants to remain in the country. Due to this 25 thousand people “out of the shadows” and has carried out many activities, including glorification of its leader.


In 1964, officers of the armed forces ACPD took the initiative to erect a monument to General Vlasov and all of the fallen companions. With this aim, the Russians, the Americans established a Committee to perpetuate the memory of the fallen soldiers of the ROA, the Chairman of which was Colonel Partlist. The project of the obelisk was designed by architect Mikhail Lermontov (a relative of the great poet). October 1, 1967, the monument was solemnly opened, and his consecration was performed by Metropolitan Philaret of ROCOR.

the book publicist Oleg Platonov, “the War with the internal enemy” it is alleged that the funds for the installation of the monument gave the U.S. government in order to “psychological warfare against the USSR”. Like it or not, but the time of the monument’s immigrants have chosen well. Soon began Brezhnev’s “détente” when the open support of Western anti-Soviet policy of the Russian companies proved difficult.

Although the name of the notorious warlord is not written on the obelisk, in the emigre press he is known as “the monument to Vlasov”. Many decades priests do here Requiem for Vlasov and the dead soldiers of ROA. The monument is maintained in good condition, bring him flowers and wreaths. One of the Trustees of the monument was, for example, a former senior lecturer in the school of propagandists ROA Igor Efimov, after moving to the USA, worked as an engineer. Meanwhile, the nuns of the Novo-Diveevo, as noted visited the monastery of the pilgrims to “eschew politics.” Apparently they prefer not to think about what is the real contribution of the person memorialized on the monument to the struggle for “freedom of the peoples of Russia”. Except in America the monuments men ROA also exist in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Timur Sagdiyev

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