Ukrainian Christmas arrives early: Stalin statue in Zaporizhia blown up

While Ukrainian Christmas is less than a week away, an early Christmas present has arrived as the Stalin statue erected in Zaporizhia last May at the Communist headquarters was blown up last night:

"By a pure chance there were no casualties. Most probably the explosive was filled with the metal items," lawmaker Oleksiy Baburin, head of the Zaporizhia Communists told a press conference.

The local police said in a statement that according to its information a group of several people passed the monument just a few minutes before the explosion.

"One of them climbed over the fence and fastened to the monument a shopping bag which evidently contained the hand-made explosive device," the police said, adding that those behind the blast were currently being searched.

Not all good news from this event though, as police have used it as an excuse to harass local groups:

Meanwhile, the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) group reported that the police had already arrested its head in Zaporizhia, Vitaliy Podlobnikov, and his deputy on the youth issues, Yuriy Hudymenko, on charges of causing the Stalin monument destruction.

The same statue had been badly damaged last week in a blast claimed by Nationalist group Tryzub (Trident) which denounced Stalin as "the executioner of the Ukrainian people and an international terrorist."

Then, there had been some doubt over the true state of the statue as the Communists had draped it in a large white cloth to prevent the extent of the damage from being seen.

However there was no mystery on this occasion as pictures showed that the bust had been completely destroyed by the blast, leaving only the plinth in place.

Stalin is a hate figure for many in Ukraine who blame him for intentionally allowing the deaths of millions of Ukrainians in a 1930s famine known as the Holodomor that nationalists regard as a genocide.

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I was also sent a video of the statue supposedly being decapitated a few days earlier:


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2 thoughts on “Ukrainian Christmas arrives early: Stalin statue in Zaporizhia blown up

  1. Stalin is not a tyrant???? What a joke. That is why my relatives were sent to Siberia, for years. Sent off their land and half starved…… There is other ways to take people with peasant backward ways and move them into the future. It’s with love and direction. Not brutality. That’s just pure evil,.

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