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KIEV, January 06, 13:09 /ITAR-TASS/. Vandals splattered black paint across the monument to Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine’s Odessa region in early hours on Monday, a spokesman for the regional interior ministry department, Colonel Vladimir Shablenko told Itar-Tass.
“Unidentified persons threw a plastic package with black paint at the monument” in the neighbourhood centre Berezovka, he said, adding that vandals might face a fine of up to 500 or 1,000 minimal wages, six-month arrest or imprisonment of up to five years.
This has been not the first case of vandalism against monuments to and statues of Lenin. On December 8, a group of people in masks flying flags of the nationalist party Freedom toppled the statue of Lenin in Kiev’s centre. On December 9, hooligans destroyed the monument to the revolutionary leader near a club of railway workers in Kotovsk, a town in the Odessa region.
Another monument to Lenin was destroyed in the Nikolayevsk district, Odessa region, two days ago. But the monument suddenly dropped after its self-destroyed base collapsed, Shablenko said.