Saturday, April 11, 2015

Activists in Ukraine Mutilate Three Soviet Statues; Its Parliament Passes Bill to Dump Soviet Symbols

Activists toppled three statues of Communist leaders last night in Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, two days after parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill designed to purge the country of Soviet-era symbols, the France 24 website reports today (April 11, 2015).

A video posted on You Tube by an anti-Russian militant group called "We've Had Enough" shows the masked men smashing three large monuments glorifying atheistic Bolshevik leaders in Ukraine's second largest city.

The men can be seen using a ladder to hook the statues with a cable tied to a white van that pulls away, bringing the statues down. In one instance, police officers look on without intervening.

An angry Russian foreign ministry today accused Ukraine of "rewriting history" by destroying the Soviet statues.

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