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Ukraine: Right Sector fails to demolish Soviet statue with sledge hammers01:09

Ukraine: Right Sector fails to demolish Soviet statue with sledge hammers

Ukraine, Kiev
April 28, 2016 at 15:55 GMT -00:00 · Published

Ukrainian nationalists, several carrying Right Sector flags, failed to destroy a Soviet monument dedicated to 'Chekists' in Lybidska Square in Kiev, Thursday, after attempting to vandalise the statue with sledge hammers.

Protesters first spray-painted the Soviet monument before assembling scaffolding in order to reach the statue to disfigure the faces. Despite their efforts, the group were reportedly unable to significantly damage the statue and gave up after a few hours.

The monument to the so-called ‘Chekists’, members of the original Soviet state security organisation, was erected in 1967. The group was created on December 20, 1917, after a decree issued by Vladimir Lenin, and was subsequently led by Polish communist Felix Dzerzhinsky. By late 1918, hundreds of Cheka committees had been created in various cities.

Ukraine: Right Sector fails to demolish Soviet statue with sledge hammers01:09
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Ukrainian nationalists, several carrying Right Sector flags, failed to destroy a Soviet monument dedicated to 'Chekists' in Lybidska Square in Kiev, Thursday, after attempting to vandalise the statue with sledge hammers.

Protesters first spray-painted the Soviet monument before assembling scaffolding in order to reach the statue to disfigure the faces. Despite their efforts, the group were reportedly unable to significantly damage the statue and gave up after a few hours.

The monument to the so-called ‘Chekists’, members of the original Soviet state security organisation, was erected in 1967. The group was created on December 20, 1917, after a decree issued by Vladimir Lenin, and was subsequently led by Polish communist Felix Dzerzhinsky. By late 1918, hundreds of Cheka committees had been created in various cities.

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