On sunday evening a huge statue of Lenin was destroyed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov. Previously, several thousand Ukrainian nationalists gathered with blue and yellow State banners, the black-red flags of the Fascist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the fascists emblem of the Wolf Angel on a march “for Ukraine”. First, the slogan “Glory of Ukraine” and a Wolf Angel was scratched into the granite base of the Lenin monument and later the monument was toppled with ropes.
The action was done with the approval of the regional governor, the oligarch Igor Baluta, and the Minister of Interior Arsen Awakow. Baluta had shut off the square around the monument widely by the police to prevent counter-demonstrations. However, the officials let a truck with a winch, which brought the statue to fall, through the barrier. In Balutas arrangement for “dismantling of the monument to VI Lenin,” it said explicitly that the police was not present to protect the monument, but only to guard passers-by of the danger of being hit by flying debris. Interior Minister Awakow wrote on his Facebook page, riot police were on standby to prevent all “armed provocations” by opponents of the Nationalists. Opponent of the nationalists were mercilessly beaten and badly mauled, an announced counter-demonstration was banned.
In the morning, two days after the march of the nationalists a corpse that hung on the fence of a church was found. The circumstances and cause of death are not yet clear.