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Goodbye Lenin

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It came as no surprise yesterday when I heard that the Lenin statue in Kyiv had been torn down by protestors.  It had been a long standing tourist attraction for many who visited the capital.  The 24 hour guard always gave a hint that all was not well with some citizens though. Having survived numerous attacks, yesterday saw protestors pull the statue down and decapitate it.

It reminded me of my visit to Tallinn, Estonia back in 2007 when protests were taking place against ‘The Bronze Soldier’ monument.  It consisted of a soldier in a Red Army uniform which people felt, after gaining their independence from Russia should be removed.  Similar to the Lenin statue it had been on the receiving end of numerous attacks and a 24 hour guard had to be placed around this also.

There were numerous attempts to relocate ‘The Bronze Soldier’ but these were met with opposition from those in favour of keeping the monument where it was.  Eventually when it was moved to a secret location, it resulted in 2 nights of rioting by ethnic Russians living in Tallinn which ended with 1 death, 153 people injured and over 800 arrests.

Does seem like deja vu doesn’t it?  I’ll be honest though.  I’ve got mixed feeling about this.  Ideally, I would have liked to have seen Lenin kept somewhere as a reminder of past times.  Many former Soviet countries do have a ‘museum of occupation’ which does just that.  To remind people of a certain time in history never to be forgotten.

Latest reports are that fragments of the Lenin monument are now available to purchase online.  Failing that, get yourself down to Andrivsky next time you’re in town.  I’m sure someone will have some knocking about!

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Written by Dean O'Brien

December 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

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  1. Top post and photo mate!

    grahamwphillips

    December 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm


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