: Last remaining Lenin statue taken down in Odesa on second attempt

18:45 May. 29, 2016

Last remaining Lenin statue taken down in Odesa on second attempt

A Ukrainian flag is seen over a government building in the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine, July 5, 2014, with a statue of Vladimir Lenin on the left. (AP Photo)

Monument will be moved outside the city 

A 10-metre statue of Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin has been taken down in the Ukrainain city of Odesa. This has been the second attempt to dismantle the monument after the city authorities failed to do so due to construction difficulties.

The statue used to be located on the Kulykove Pole, a square-garden in the historical centre of the city. In 2006, it was transported to be installed on a suburban park.

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Now, the city authorities are planning to move the monument outside Odesa. The Lenin statue has been dismantled by two tower cranes. According to the municipal service chief, no city residents tried to hinder the process.

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Dozens of statues of Communist revolutionary Lenin have been toppled in Ukraine since 2013. Their falling has been greeted as a symbol of Ukraine's push to break from its Soviet past. The first demolitions coincided with the pro-E.U. Maidan protests against Moscow-backed former President Viktor Yanukovych.

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