Over 800 monuments to Lenin toppled across Ukraine
Over 800 monuments to Lenin have been dismantled across Ukraine, head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance Volodymyr Viatrovych has said.
"As of today, more than 800 monuments to Lenin have been dismantled in Ukraine," he told TV Channel 5 on Tuesday.
He rejected accusations that objects having artistic value had been destroyed on the pretext of de-communization. In his words, the current law on de-communization makes it possible to preserve such objects.
Yet, Viatrovych said the spontaneous process of de-communization, which had begun in Ukraine even before the adoption of that law, had not stopped yet. "The de-communization law gives us an opportunity to disassemble everything that has some artistic value and store it in museums, otherwise it is spontaneous d de-communization, which is still under way in Ukraine," he said.
In his words, examples of Soviet art can be dismantled and exhibited in special places. "We can showcase the Soviet past in special museums, parks, but we can not let the Soviet past remain part of our life, as it distorts us," he added.