Skip to comments.Ukraine protesters fell Lenin statue in challenge to Yanukovich
Posted on 12/08/2013 11:50:45 AM PST by 1rudeboy
Anti-government protesters toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine's capital and attacked it with hammers on Sunday in a symbolic challenge to President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia.
The gesture rejecting Moscow's historic influence over Ukraine came after opposition leaders told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators on Kiev's Independence Square to keep up pressure on Yanukovich to sack his government.
The protesters are furious that the government decided last month to ditch a landmark pact with the European Union in favour of closer economic cooperation with Moscow, Ukraine's Soviet-era overlord.
Yanukovich's sudden tack towards Russia has provoked the biggest street protests since the 2004-5 Orange Revolution, when people power forced a re-run of a fraud-tainted election and thwarted his first run for the presidency.
"Yanukovich, you are next!" chanted protesters as they took turns to hack at the prostrate - and now headless - red granite statue of Lenin, leader of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.
Cheered by the crowd, a young woman planted an EU flag on the pedestal where the 3-1/2 metre high statue had stood since 1946. Opposition leaders denied any link to its removal.
The authorities and protesters have confronted each other for weeks, raising fears for political and economic stability in the former Soviet republic of 46 million people.
"This is a decisive moment when all Ukrainians have gathered here because they do not want to live in a country where corruption rules and where there is no justice," said Vitaly Klitschko, a world heavyweight boxing champion-turned-politician.
Ukraine's opposition accuses Yanukovich, who met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, of preparing to take the country into a Moscow-led customs union, which they see as an attempt to recreate the Soviet Union.
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Perhaps they just misunderstand Lenin. /s
Perhaps they just misunderstand Putin. He’s anti-homo and loves his country. I heard it on FR.
About the only thing John McCain said that I agree with, “When I looked into Putin’s eyes I saw ‘K-G-B’.”
Putin is not our friend and he is not a friend to the citizens of Ukraine.
....Meanwhile, back in the USSA, Obama raises a monument to Lenin in Obamacare.
What? People who don’t want to live in close proximity with Putin? I smell a rat. /s
Most Ukrainians live in the NovoRossiya and Russian-speakers feel like they live in another country.
The protests have revealed the gulf between Donetsk, which wants closer ties to Moscow and Lvov, that looks to Brussels.
Two decades after both parts of the country voted for independence, Ukraine is split down the middle - and the protestors’ rejection of Russia is anathema in places like the Crimea, that are overwhelmingly ethnic Russian in composition.
Maybe Putin can stick to loving his own country, and stop molesting other countries (in a non-homo way, not that there’s anything wrong with that).
The connection between Ukraine and Russia goes back to the baptism of Rus’ in 988, NOT to the anti-Orthodox mass-murderer Lenin!!!!
Ukies on the Rampage!!!
MY PEOPLE!!! I love them!!! Hahah!
There is a large Ukrainian diaspora in Russia and the two peoples often intermarry. And millions of ethnic Ukrainians do speak Russian.
Those deep and close ties in the Slavic family will not be dissolved by the current protests.
And then some of the FR Borscht Brigade will try to convince us that W. Ukrainians are Muslim.
The opposition wants to cut the east off from its traditional Russian market if Ukraine joins the EU.
That is a sure recipe for continued instability. In an ideal world, Ukraine could join both of the rival trading blocs and every one would be happy.
But since the EU has vetoed it, the turmoil will go on with no real resolution to what amounts to the classic Mexican standoff.
Iexpect the Ukes know where to get weapons, however, and I wouldn’t expect a one -sided fight if it comes to that. It’s probly asking too much to expect Yano to get his head on right and treat people fairly-—bbbbuuuuttttt we have the same problem right here in river city.
How do they even have statues of this guy still standing?
I wish someone would do that to the Lenin statue in Seattle.
Would they defend the stature with tear gas or patchouli-stink? Either way, bring a mask.
Neither the EU nor Russia is a good choice for Ukraine. EU regulations would wreak havoc on many Ukrainians. Going back to Russia is bad but obviously in a different way. Ukraine would be a power house if it weren’t for the entrenchment of Soviet style laws and corruption.
Ukraine has along way to go. Unfortunately the vested interests holding power aren’t going to accede willingly.
It's a complicated issue, and not just because it's the Soviets who were fond of "airbrushing" history.
Interesting article here, that discusses the currents and cross-currents.
Silent Sentinels at Center of Lithuanian Debate on Bygone Era [Free Republic]
They want to join an EU that is pursuing lennins dream vs Russia who is running from it.
My Russian grandmother and great aunt, Chernovas, grew up in Ukraine. They also hated Commies and left after the Commies came into power. They were wonderful women, could cook like nobodies business, sew, knit...........
> “Yanukovich, you are next!” chanted protesters as they took turns to hack at the prostrate - and now headless - red granite statue of Lenin, leader of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.
Some of the Russian-speaking Ukrainians are in my own U.S. Orthodox parish!
The EU and Lennin are the same. Wanting independence is great but the EU is worse than Russia. Who is behind these protests???
Yet, the Lenin statue in Seattle still stands...
Let us hope it can be recycled into a statue to Saint Mandela. Got anything against recycling to lower humanity’s whatchamacallit footprint?
I remembered the word: “carbonated footprint”, yeah.
At the time of the Baptism of Rus’, their was NO Ukraine, ONLY Orthodox Christian Rus’!!! The area of what became Ukraine was virtually destroyed by barbarian invasions, and what survived became Russia as we know it.
The “Ukrainian” identity was promoted by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and especially by Austria-Hungary, both Roman Catholic-dominated states. The Soros-funded mainly West Ukrainian Orangies (many of whom are Catholic) yearn for a new Austrian Empire under the EU.
Ukraine is ORTHODOX, as are Russia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, etc. and a growing number of Americans. We shall celebrate the Orthodox patron Saint of America thus coming Friday.
Neither Soros, nor obama, nor the corrupt bureaucrats of Brussels, nor the mullahs can stop the resurgence of Christian Orthodoxy, or of Orthodox Christian culture and civilization!!!!
The problem is these protestors can’t win an election, so they have to resort to street violence. They would lose again today.
The Ukraine may end up splitting in two. If you look at the voting map it seems all to probable.
So much for the Tea Party, then. I'm convinced . . . authoritarianism simply is the best way to accomplish anything. All hail Obamacare!
Are the Other Beatles statues still standing????
There’s going to be civil war in Ukraine.
I did think it was hilarious these protestors wanted to surrender their country’s sovereignty to the EU.
Some irony there, yes. But relativism of your sort? No.
(Name of a movie about the end of East Germany.)
One of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.
For a more serious take on life in a totalitarian state, The Lives of Others is highly recommended. Maybe all Americans need to see it to know what our future holds...especially if Obama is followed by another Democrat President.
I saw that one too. It’s a sobering film.
That should have been “a very funny movie,” of course.