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Russian communists compare Lenin statue demolition in Ukraine to zombie movies

September 29, 2014, 13:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW

On Sunday, participants of a rally toppled a 20-meter monument to Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine's second-largest city of Kharkiv

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MOSCOW, September 29. /ITAR-TASS/. The Communist Party has condemned the demolition of a massive statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, comparing the events to the scenes of zombie films.

The party’s first deputy chairman, Igor Melnikov, said the scenes in which people show their disregard of history and ideals of their grandfathers remind of “zombie movies where the virus is rapidly spreading.”

“In such films, there is always healthy resistance which in ultimately wins,” the Russian lawmaker stressed.

Statue of Vladimir Lenin toppled in eastern Ukraine's Kharkiv

On Sunday, participants of a rally for unity in Ukraine in Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, toppled a 20-meter monument with the use of cables and a crane.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry later said that an investigation into vandalism will be closed, as the monument was dismantled upon the order of Kharkiv region’s governor Ihor Baluta.

Ukrainian interior minister’s adviser Anton Gerashchenko wrote on his Facebook page on Monday that another monument to Lenin has been torn down in Kharkiv region’s Dergachi over the past 24 hours.

Melnikov said he would never believe that these actions are approved by the majority of the citizens of the region, where half of the population see Russian as their mother-tongue. He added that now many people fear to spreak and act.

The politician has called on “all the sane forces to have the patience of a doctor who is struggling with a severe disease of a patient,” adding that sooner or later the pendulum will “swing in the other direction.”

The secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee, Sergey Obukhov, said by dismantling monuments to Lenin, Ukrainian nationalists ruin the statehood of the country and the main term “united Ukraine.”

“The Kharkiv monument is one of the symbols of the Soviet Ukraine, the Soviet statehood and that’s why this is a symbolic action as in fact, Ukrainian nationalists abandon their Soviet heritage, and therefore, such a state as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic,” Obukhov said.

The lawmaker reminded that Ukraine’s current borders come from the socialist republic, established in 1917.

“In a vandalistic rush, they are destroying by themselves the Ukrainian statehood as if there is no Lenin, there is no the Ukrainian republic,” Obukhov said, adding: “Therefore, this state is a myth, a phantom and an obscure geopolitical entity that could be claimed by all the neighbors.

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