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Police find suspects in desecration of monument to first Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Yekaterinburg

January 18, 2013, 11:49 UTC+3

The incident stirred up a resounding public response

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YEKATERINBURG, January 18 (Itar-Tass) — The police have found the suspects in the desecration of the Monument to first Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Yekaterinburg last summer, head of the police department in the Sverdlovsk Region Lieut. Gen. Mikhail Borodin said at a meeting of the police department board on Friday.

“Yet we cannot issue final accusations against them. We know a car, in which the vandals drove up to the monument and how the vandals desecrated the monument. In particular, at first they were attempting to use the ladder and a spray container with the typographic paint, but they failed to do it and sprayed the typographic paint from bottom to top,” Borodin said.

On August 24, 2012, unidentified vandals sprayed the blue paint on the Monument to Boris Yeltsin, which was erected in downtown Yekaterinburg. Moreover, the inscription was broken from the foundation of the monument. The criminal case was opened under an article of the Russian Criminal Code for vandalism. The incident stirred up a resounding public response.

The monument is a 10-metre-high stella made of white marble. The monument was unveiled in February 2011 by former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the occasion of the 80th birth anniversary of Boris Yeltsin.


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