Deal on Russian Hmeymim, Tartus bases deployment in Syria to be in force for 49 yearsMilitary & Defense January 20, 16:51
Russian museum gets biggest collection of artifacts related to XX century YamalBusiness & Economy January 20, 16:10
Polar region to allocate almost 50 million rubles for small business supportBusiness & Economy January 20, 15:55
First Deputy PM: Western investors in Davos believe 2017 will be good year for RussiaBusiness & Economy January 20, 15:49
Kremlin says Syrian army keeps plans to liberate Palmyra from Islamic StateRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:43
India plans to install Russian security system at Maharashtra portMilitary & Defense January 20, 15:32
Lavrov on IS destroying Palmyra monuments: barbarians are barbariansRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:24
Russia hopes Trump administration will send Mideast expert to Astana talksRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:18
Top diplomat: Main task in Syrian settlement is to resume talks, involve armed oppositionRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:11
KIEV, April 21. /TASS/. Unidentified vandals have damaged the Order of Victory stele in Kharkiv, the biggest city in northeastern Ukraine, local media report on Tuesday.
The order made in the form of a star with the Moscow Kremlin in the center and the inscriptions "USSR" and "Victory" was thrown off the stele at the regional administration building. The order is now lying on the ground, with no reaction coming from law enforcement agencies, media say.
On April 9, the Ukrainian parliament passed a law denouncing the Communist and Nazi regimes, banning their propaganda and public use of their symbols.
Under the law, Ukrainian towns having Soviet-era names should get new ones within six months. A total of 25 Ukrainian towns may regain historic names following the parliament's ban.
In particular, the Ukrainian government could rename towns named after Soviet and Bolshevik leaders, the Novoye Vremya (New Time) newspaper said.
A new wave of violence against Soviet-era monuments came after the law was passed. Alone over the past week, vandals have damaged five monuments in Kharkov, a statue of revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin was pulled down in Kramatorsk, the eastern Donetsk region, and one Lenin statue was destroyed in the eastern Lugansk region.
According to the Ukrainian National Memory Institute, about 300 statues of Lenin have been pulled down in the country since the end of 2013, along with more than 70 statues of other Soviet era leaders.