Authorities and residents of Elizabeth City in the state of North Carolina can not agree on the installation of a monument to Soviet pilots killed in the transportation of American technology in the USSR. During World War II, some Russian pilots were trained in this city.
A year ago, the city council approved the installation of the monument to the Russians unanimously, but now the opinions are divided. Part of the city council believes that the installation of the monument does not correspond to the aggravated relations between Russia and the United States. It is argued that Russians can paralyze the work of the largest Coast Guard base nearby, using hacker gadgets in the monument. (what!)
On the other hand, supporters of the normalization of relations are confident that countries have worked and fought together in the past, and can do so in the future. Local resident Rick Boyd submitted a petition in support of the installation of the monument.
Robert Foglesong, a retired Air Force general, who heads the United States-Russia Joint Commission on POWs , asked the city council to reconsider the decision.