Skip to comments.Stalin statue blown up in Ukraine: Communists (on Commie Party regional headquarter grounds)
Posted on 01/01/2011 4:14:36 PM PST by Libloather
Stalin statue blown up in Ukraine: Communists
January 2, 2011, 7:49 am
KIEV (AFP) - Extremists blew up a controversial monument to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin on New Year's night in southeastern Ukraine in an "act of terror", the local Communist Party said on Saturday.
The bust in the city of Zaporizhia, unveiled this May, caused a heated controversy in Ukraine which is still split between its nationalist west and the more Russian orientated east which fondly remembers the Soviet past.
"A criminal broke into the grounds of the Communist Party regional headquarters, and laid an explosive charge which detonated after a few minutes," the Communist Party said.
"The statue of Stalin was destroyed as a result of the blast," the Communists said in a statement. It said that the explosion inflicted serious damage on the building but there were no casualties.
The explosion took place at 10:40 pm (2040 GMT) on New Year's Eve, it said.
"By a pure chance there were no casualties. Most probably the explosive was filled with the metal items," lawmaker Oleksiy Baburin, head of the Zaporizhia Communists told a press conference.
"This is not a hooliganism but a terrorist attack," he added as quoted by Communist party press service.
The local police said in a statement that according to its information a group of several people passed the monument just a few minutes before the explosion.
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As an aside, is it really "January 2, 2011, 7:49 am" when it is January 1, 2011, 7:15pm EST? Is this a look into the future?
Rollin - Rollin' - Rollin' on the river ....
Not enough charge, the building is still standing.
Two mistakes here. One is insufficient explosives the other is setting it off when the building was unoccupied.
>and laid an explosive charge which detonated after a few minutes
See, they haven’t read the leftist media memo here.
Just outlaw explosive charges and all of these problems will end...
Are they moving the statue to a university in the United States?
They could’ve made some money if they wanted to sell it to Massachusetts.
Considering that Stalin was a monster who deliberately starved the Ukrainians so that they were forced into cannibalism on some of the most fertile land on Earth, I’d say blowing up his statue is the least they should expect.
“Extremists blew up a controversial monument to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin...”
Extremists? Stalin was probably the biggest mass murderer is history. Yahoo is such liberal s**T like all of the news media and ALL of TV.
Good job them destroying that trash. He also starved to death 6 million Ukrainians.
Someone should at least go there and paint his hands
“This is not a hooliganism but a terrorist attack,”
Terrorism? Nope, at best property destruction, but property and communism....
My family lost many to Lenins’ and Stalins’ “purges”.
A statue? Screw them.