Activists in Kyiv trying to demolish monument to Cheka secret police

Photo courtesy of Roman Romaniuk, UP

Photo courtesy of Roman Romaniuk, UP 

2016/04/29 • History, News, Russia, Ukraine

Activists have started demolishing the monument to the Cheka – the infamous Soviet secret police created by Lenin on December 20.1917. It stands in Lybidska Square in the heart of Kyiv.

The event was organized by the Committee for the Liberation of Political Prisoners, headed by Mykola Kokhanivsky.

“We launched this action event on Thursday and demand the release of our friend, Stanislav Krasnov. The destruction of this monument is symbolic, a clear reference to the “chekists” who are hiding in the SBU (Ukrainian Secret Service) and a strong message that neither they nor their symbols will last forever.” said Kokhanivsky.

(SBU officers detained the leader of Azov-Krym civil corps Stanislav Krasnov on February 28. The activist is suspected of illegal possession of weapons, collaboration with Russia’s secret services, and subversive activity. Krasnov’s lawyer claims his client was tortured during interrogation-Ed.)

Kokhanivsky added that the protesters had submitted this action event for approval to the KMDA (Kyiv City Administration), but received neither permission nor refusal.

There are about 100 people at the site. Scaffolding has been put up around the monument. Four people are trying to take it down, hammering and drilling holes.

 

The police is at the scene, watching but not intervening. They will not interfere as there has been no official order to stop this protest.

 

 

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Ukrayinska Pravda

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  • Lev Havryliv

    Why did this disgusting monument remain in Kyiv for one day after Ukraine’s independence?

    Lenin’s armies destroyed the Ukrainian independent republic of 1917-21. This led to the horrors of Stalinism including the Holodomor.

    • Oknemfrod

      Agree, it’s a travesty that it’s still there. The square itself was renamed (quite aptly, I should say) into Lybid’s’ka (it had been called, in tune with the monument’s theme, by the name of Dzerzhinsky previously), but this horrible piece of monstrosity towers right amid it. Also, to add insult to injury, it’s situated in such a way that people getting out of the metro station just a few dozen yards away can’t help but catch a sight of it. It’s about high time for it to be demolished and the debris – hauled away.

      Anticipating putinoid wailing about its “artistic/historical value” and “better things for the government to do”, I’d retort that one doesn’t have to be an art aficionado to see that “artistically” (just had to put that in quotes!), this monument is but a piece of trash; “historically”, it’s nothing but a tribute to a gang of mass murderers, torturers, and sadists; and it’s not the government but the civil society itself doing the job.The sooner it’s done, the better.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        The “monument” looks like it’s made of granite (?) blocks. The uncarved blocks can perhaps be saved for something useful (donated to sculptors?), the sculpted blocks should be destroyed.
        Better yet, break them into small pieces which can be sold as souvenirs. The proceeds can then be donated to a worthy cause, such as helping the poor, helping the recovery of wounded ATO soldiers, donated to buying equipment for the ATO soldiers etc etc. The list is endless.

        • MichaelA

          great idea

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Don’t forget Bykivnia and other Chekist execution sites all over the Ukraine. Russian terror did not stop after the Holodomor. Indeed, it is stil taking place in the Crimea and Donbas.

      • Lev Havryliv

        Very true. The Chekist Putin is still doing his dirty work in Ukraine.

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Watch and weep, Kolorad. This monstrosity will soon be consigned to the dustbin, where it belongs.

  • BCHistorian

    So, the nazis should have left all their emblems at the end of WWII? Nonsense! They were removed, as should all the remnants of the bankrupt russo-soviet system that brought nothing but death and destruction to the Ukrainian nation. Only 20+ years late.

  • Terry Washington

    Good- just as Poles tore down the statue of “Iron Felix” Dzherzhinsky , so too should Ukrainians( and for that matter Russians) consign these monuments to torturers and executioners!

  • Alex George

    Smearing it with red paint while it remains there is a good thing. The paint should be regularly renewed, just to remind everyone that the Cheka and its descendants (NKVD, GPU, KGB etc) were drenched in innocent blood.

    And the statue has to come down. The Cheka must never be forgotten in Ukraine, but also, it must never be celebrated or commemorated.

    And since Putin himself was a Chekist, it will be even more pleasant to watch the statue fall.