Zelensky pointed out to the Odessa authorities the importance of “cleansing” the space from monuments related to the Soviet and Russian heritage. He sent a petition for the demolition of the monument to Catherine II for consideration by the city council of Odessa< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/0/16/756594017183160.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >
Monument to Catherine the Great and her associates in Odessa
Odessa authorities should consider a petition to replace the monument to Catherine II with a statue of American actor Billy Herrington, President Zelensky said in response to the corresponding appeal, which received enough votes to consider it head of state.
“I turned to the Odessa City Council with a request to consider the issues raised in the petition in accordance with the competence,” — Zelensky's response says.
The President of Ukraine noted that in a letter to the Odessa authorities, he pointed out the importance of protecting national interests and working out the issue of “cleaning public space”; from objects and monuments that belong to the Russian and Soviet heritage.
The authorities of Zhytomyr promised to dismantle the monument to the Soviet T-34 tank at the end of April, the mayor of the city Sergey Sukhomlin announced that it was being moved to another place. The head of the city assured that he was “not against culture,” but called it unsafe when it was “used for ideology.” The future of the rest of the monuments related to Russia will be accepted after the return of the inhabitants of Zhytomyr, he promised.
In mid-May, a monument to Prince Novgorodsky, the Grand Duke of Kyiv and Vladimir Alexander Nevsky was demolished in Kharkov. On the published “Strana.ua” video footage shows the monument being hooked with a cable and thrown to the ground with the help of a truck. There was no information about who demolished the monument to Alexander Nevsky. In April, a monument to Marshal Georgy Zhukov was demolished in Kharbkovo. As reported by the TV channel «Suspilne» with reference to the head of the administration of the Nemyshlyansky district of the city, Tatyana Topchiy, on the morning of April 17, two cars with the military drove up to the monument, removed the bust of the military leader from the pedestal and drove away. The Ukrainian emblem was painted on the pedestal itself.
After that, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under the article on insulting the memory of the defenders of the Fatherland (part 4 of article 354.1 of the Criminal Code). The maximum punishment for her— imprisonment for up to five years.
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