: Ukrainian Ministry of Culture gives way to demolishing about 800 Soviet monuments

16:55 Apr. 6, 2016

Ukrainian Ministry of Culture gives way to demolishing about 800 Soviet monuments

Soviet symbols are depicted at a plant building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on June 18, 2015 (UNIAN photo)

794 cultural heritage sites excluded from the register

Ukrainian Minister of Culture Vyacheslav Kyrylenko has signed the order depriving 794 memorials and monuments of the communist era located in 13 regions of Ukraine of their current status.

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The order is one of the necessary steps to be made within the framework of the decommunization laws, which Ukraine adopted last year to break off from the country's Soviet totalitarian past. The document excludes approximately 800 cultural heritage sites from the list of Ukraine's State Register of Immovable Monuments.

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Previously, the Ukrainian parliament passed a law which would see more than 160 villages and towns renamed. The work to dismantle the communist symbols and statues including those of the Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin has already begun in many areas across Ukraine.

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