Goodbye Lenin: Kiev nationalists blow up statues

Vladimir Lenin has suffered a second blow in less than a week after saboteurs tried to blow up the Russian revolution leader’s statue in a city in east Ukraine.

Authorities in the breakaway region believe that Ukrainian nationalists were responsible for the explosion in Donetsk early yesterday that tore a chunk out of the plinth and damaged one of Lenin’s heels but left him standing. The blast scattered rubble across the square around the 13.5m (44ft) bronze and granite monument close to the city’s main theatre.


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