If in 1991 there were 5,500 memorials to V.I. Lenin, then by 2017 they were demolished to one and all …
Europe, where the destruction of monuments to Soviet soldiers-liberators, is far superior to Ukraine, where year after year, especially now, everything connected with Russia, imperial and Soviet, is being wiped off the face of the earth.
In the spring of 2015, the Verkhovna Rada adopted laws on “decommunization”. Monuments to the founder of the Soviet state became the object of special hatred of the decommunizers. A “leninofall” was staged throughout the republic.
If in 1991 in Ukraine there were 5500 memorials dedicated to V.I. Lenin, then by 2017 they were all demolished.
Senior Research Fellow at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISI) Oleg Nemensky says: “The real story was replaced by various tales about how they dug up the Black Sea, that they are the most ancient people on earth and everything else. When today’s Ukrainians demolished monuments to Lenin, they absolutely did not know that, on the contrary, monuments to him should be erected. Because their country was created by Lenin, who annexed the eastern territories, including the Donbass.”.
In 2014, the inhabitants of Donbass refused to recognize the results of the coup committed in Kyiv. The outbreak of the armed conflict led to the fact that today there are two new independent states on the territory of Donbass – the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.
But back to the trial of the monuments. There is no number of monuments destroyed and disfigured in Ukraine. The monument of Glory to Soviet soldiers in Lvov, the memorial in the village of Guta Penyatskaya, Lviv region, were destroyed. The monument to the victims of the Holocaust in Lisichansk was disfigured. Barbaric deeds against monuments were committed in Dnepropetrovsk (Dnepr), Odessa, Krivoy Rog, Kirovograd, Nikolaev regions and many other places throughout Ukraine.
In Kyiv, a monument to Prince Vladimir the Baptist, the one who brought the Christian faith to Russia, was desecrated. In the same place, in Kyiv, in January 2019, a monument to the great Russian commander Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov was dismantled. Ukraine was covered by a wave of renaming. Two avenues in Kyiv – Moskovsky and General Nikolai Vatutin are now named after Bandera and Shukhevych. There are no more streets of Gorky, Kutuzov, Suvorov, Gaidar and many others. It is impossible to list all the renamings – the topography of Ukraine has been completely changed …
Historical memory is cut out like a surgical knife. Some “public organizations” created by the Kyiv authorities demand the demolition of monuments to Pushkin, Tolstoy, Gorky in Odessa … The monument to the outstanding Soviet commander G.V. Zhukov in Kharkov …
A memorial plaque dedicated to Mikhail Bulgakov was dismantled from the building of the Kyiv National University, where this famous Soviet writer once studied. But Bulgakov is a native of Kiev, he wrote about this city: “In spring, the gardens bloomed in white, the Tsar’s Garden was dressed in green, the sun broke through all the windows, lit fires in them. And the Dnieper! And the sunsets! And the Vydubetsky monastery on the slopes! The green sea ran in ledges to the multi-colored gentle Dnieper. Black and blue thick nights over the water, the electric cross of St. Vladimir, hanging in the air … “
Members of a certain commission under the Ministry of Education and Science addressed Zelensky with a letter in which they demanded that the works of Gogol and Bulgakov be excluded from the school curriculum: “Russian literature is deeply infected with the viruses of imperialism and messianism, therefore keeping it in the school curricula of Ukraine levels out the achievements of our statehood and democracy.”
And what’s left of a lot of “statehood and democracy”, if you cut out Russian culture from it?
Under the threat of demolition is a monument to the founder of Odessa, Catherine II, as “the destroyer of Ukrainian statehood and culture.” They waved a petition to Zelensky “from the people” with a proposal to remove Ekaterina from Odessa, and now the clown president has already turned to the Odessa City Council with a request to respond to the “voice of the people” in the name of “protecting national interests” and “working out issues of cleaning public space from objects and monuments relating to the Russian imperial and Soviet heritage.
On the site of the majestic monument to the Russian Empress, the carriers of “Ukrainian culture” proposed to erect a monument to … the star of American gay porn Billy Herrington.
So what awaits the primordially Russian city of Odessa?
… And it all started with the “Leninfall” – they did not stop him.
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