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Soviet army monument with pop art facelift

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Soviet Army Monument in Sofia gets superhero makeover with Superman, Captain America, The Joker And Santa Claus.

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B: Glory to Ukraine from Bulgaria

by Dimitar Torbov, 20 meters away

Young bulgarian communists cleaning the soviet occupation monument.

Glory to Ukraine from Bulgaria

C: Playing kids sculpture

by Dimitar Torbov, 120 meters away

Playing kids sculpture

D: Sofia Around University

by Rouslan Semerdjiev, 200 meters away

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Sofia Around University

E: Orlov most (Eagles' Bridge)

by Dimitar Torbov, 270 meters away

Orlov most (Eagles' Bridge)

F: Ariana Lake

by Dimitar Torbov, 280 meters away

Ariana Lake

G: Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski

by Dimitar Torbov, 300 meters away

Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski

H: Sofia University Occupation

by Dimitar Torbov, 300 meters away

Blockade of Bulgaria's oldest and most prestigious school

Sofia University Occupation

I: Protest in front of Parliament

by Dimitar Torbov, 370 meters away

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Protest in front of Parliament

J: Bulgaria, Sofia, Clement Of Ohrid Park

by Thomas Blanket, 370 meters away

Bulgaria, Sofia, Clement Of Ohrid Park

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Text by Steve Smith.

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