Lenin is ‘no more’ in Ukraine as his stat­ues are re­moved

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Alec Luhn in Moscow

STAT­UES and busts of Vladimir Lenin have been torn down in every city across Ukraine as part of a “de­com­mu­ni­sa­tion” drive.

Volodymyr Vy­a­tro­vych, head of Ukraine’s in­sti­tute of na­tional mem­ory, told Liga.net that 2,389 mon­u­ments, in­clud­ing 1,320 to Lenin, had been re­moved.

“Lenin is no more in ci­ties in Ukrainian-con­trolled ter­ri­tory,” he said.

How­ever, some mon­u­ments to Lenin are thought to re­main in vil­lages or on fac­tory grounds and “can be dis­man­tled only when found”.

The revo­lu­tion­ary also lives on in the break­away re­publics in eastern Ukraine.

Most Lenin stat­ues were gyp­sum with no his­tor­i­cal value, Mr Vy­a­tro­vych said, and were de­stroyed. Those made of valu­able me­tals were melted down, while a few dozen large mon­u­ments were saved for a mu­seum of pro­pa­ganda to be set up in Kiev.

The top­plings, known as the “Len­in­fall”, be­gan when pro­test­ers pulled down one in Kiev dur­ing the Euro­maidan protests that re­moved Vik­tor Yanukovych, the pres­i­dent.

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