Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ukrainians Replace Lenin Statue with Gold Toilet; Did So to Convey Corruption of Pres. Yanukovych

Protesters in Ukraine have installed a golden toilet on the cement block that was once the home of a statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, the Daily Mail (British) website reports today (February 5, 2014).

A student group in Kiev placed the toilet there as a scathing commentary on allegations of corruption among government officials.

Among the accusations against Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych that have fueled the demonstrations is the charge that he had gold toilets installed at his sprawling country estate near Kiev.

The Lenin statue was torn down as a gesture rejecting Moscow's historic influence over Ukraine. Protesters are angry that the Ukrainian government recently moved away from a closer relationship with the EU (European Union) to develop stronger ties with Russia.

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