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A Parisian statue vandalised

Info France Bleu reports that a statue commemorating the Russian Expeditionary Force that fought on the Western Front, unveiled in 2011 by Vladimir Putin and then French Prime Minister François Fillon, has been vandalised by supporters of the controversial rock group Pussy Riot.

The statue, in the Place du Canada, near the Pont des Invalides, in Paris, depicts a Russian cavalryman and his horse. Twenty thousand Russians served in France between 1916 and 1918; five thousand lost their lives. A cemetery containing the bodies of over nine hundred of them was created at Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand (Marne), and this remains the focus of commemorative events.

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