: Will Lenin 'finance' streets repairs of Ukrainian border city?

18:03 May. 18, 2016

Will Lenin 'finance' streets repairs of Ukrainian border city?

A statue of Lenin is painted in the colors of Ukraine's national flag in Velyka Novosilka, Ukraine, Feb. 19, 2015 (AP photo)

Monument to Bolshevik leader is put up for sale on Internet

Oleh Bondarenko, the Mayor of Novhorod-Siverskyi, a town located in Ukraine's Chernihiv region, decided to sell the statue of Vladimir Lenin for 1 million hryvnyas.
According to Bondarenko, the proceeds from the sale will cover the needs of the local community.

The town authorities say that 1 million hryvnyas is a notional price, which was set to draw attention of the websites' users.

"The actual price will depend on the expert evaluation. I can't evaluate it by myself. The expert should do it. We will see what happens next. When we have the database of buyers, we will sell the monument in accordance with the law as determined by the Budget Code of Ukraine," Bondarenko said.

"It is much easier to smash the statue and to put an end to all that. Or to steal it by parts. But I think that selling would be useful for our community. And that people would support it," the Mayor added.

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However, not everybody is enthusiastic about to the idea to sell the communist monument: retirees are against the incentive, while young people support it.

"I wish Lenin's statue could stay. My childhood memories are connected with it. I have memories about it and I read books about Lenin. Now, I show it to my children and tell them about him. That is why I think it should stay," local resident Oksana Yevlas says.

"We should get rid of all these things. Ukraine should be Ukraine, not anything else," another Novhorod-Siverskyi local says.

Over the past year more than 800 statues of Lenin had been removed as part of Ukraine's efforts to break away from its Soviet past.

Reporting by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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