14:02 Oct. 21, 2016
Authorities of the Russian-occupied town of Sudak promise to restore the Soviet monument
One more monument to the Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin was toppled in Ukraine. The news would not have attracted much attention if it was not in the Crimean town of Sudak.
Unidentified hooligans acted under the cover of darkness demolishing the "symbol of town's development in the Soviet period," said the statement of the website of Sudak authorities.
Local officials promised to find the culprits, bring them to justice, and restore the monument.
Photo source: sudak.rk.gov.ru
Hundreds of Communist statues were toppled in Ukraine since 2013. The first demolitions coincided with the pro-EU Maidan protests against the government of Moscow-backed former President Viktor Yanukovych.
The falling of the monuments across Ukraine is being hailed as a symbol of independent Ukraine's push to modernise following the breakup of the Soviet Union. This is in line with a package of laws, adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament last year, which bans communist and Nazi regime symbols and propaganda.