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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Two statues of Lenin were toppled last night in Ukraine. 

One of the statues of the leader of the Bolshevik revolution, and a symbol of the brutal communist oppression of Ukraine, was torn down in the village of Chervona Sloboda in the northern Sumy region.

Interfax-Ukraine reports that the Ukrainian Communist Party has confirmed the removal of the statue and is pursuing criminal charges:

"Law enforcers have established that vandals damaged the monument by having it pulled down from the pedestal by a tractor and a tow," the statement said.

The monument is on the balance-sheet of the local rural council, the spokesperson said.

"A criminal case has been opened over the act of vandalism," the party said.

Another statue was torn down in the town of Bilozerka in the southern Kherson region

Tipichny Kherson, a local news site, reported (translated by The Interpreter):

Tired of waiting for the authorities' decision, Ukrainian activists came to Bilozerka and dismantled the monument to Lenin by themselves. The police did not interfere with the will of the people.

Here are some photos from the felling of the statue:

However, in Kramatorsk, recently liberated by Ukrainian forces, an attempt by activists to tear down a statue of Lenin was prevented by Ukrainian soldiers.

Ukrainian television station TSN reports that several dozen activists arrived following discussions on social media but were blocked by soldiers and an armoured personnel carrier. It appears that the Ukrainian military are wary of any possible provocation in the recently retaken town.