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    A Moscow World War Two memorial to "replace" a monument blown up in the Georgian city of Kutaisi last year is likely to go up in December, the capital's vice-mayor said on Monday.

    A Moscow World War Two memorial to "replace" a monument blown up in the Georgian city of Kutaisi last year is likely to go up in December, the capital's vice-mayor said on Monday.

    The 46-meter Soviet-era WWII memorial in Kutaisi, Georgia's second-largest city, was demolished to make space for a new parliamentary building. Russia denounced the demolition as an "act of vandalism," accusing Georgia of a "symbolic attack" on the memory of Georgians who died in the war.

    The monument may be unveiled in Moscow's Poklonnaya Gora memorial park on December 19, a year to the day from the destruction of the original, Valery Vinogradov said.

    A government-run contest chose the design for the Moscow monument in July.

    Tensions between Russia and Georgia culminated in a brief war in August 2008 over the breakaway republic of South Ossetia.

     

    MOSCOW, September 13 (RIA Novosti)

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