“Leninopad” (“Falling Lenins”) Tonight in Ukraine

2014/02/23 • News

Friday, 21 February 2014, 3.57 pm; Photo and video added at 12.40 pm

On the night of 21 February, on Soborna Square in downtown Zhytomyr, Right Sector activists and regular townsfolk toppled a monument to Lenin.

The attack on the monument started after 10 p.m. First, they threw Molotov cocktails and poured gasoline over it.

“Later, people started to stop passing vehicles and ask drivers to lend them tow ropes, in order to grasp Illyich firmly and help him come down to the people,” reported Zhytomyr.info.

Around midnight, with the help of a fishing rod, they managed to throw a rope noose over Lenin’s neck, but as they started to pull, the rope broke. In a few minutes the rope was back around his neck, and the attempt was repeated.

As of 12:30 a.m. there were over 500 people around the monument, mainly spectators, and about 100 vehicles. Activists stopped a truck with Post Office insignia and tried to convince the driver to help topple the monument.

At 12:55 p.m., Lenin fell.

The Euromaidan Facebook group reports that activists also toppled Lenin monuments in Boyarka and Brovary in Kyiv Oblast.

Photo: Lenin in Boyarka

During the day, Lenin was also pulled down in Slavuta, Khmelnytskiy Oblast.

On 21 February, unidentified people pulled down the Lenin monument in Bila Tserkva.

Photo by Reuters

Translated by Resha Vasko

Source: Ukrainska Pravda