Monument to Lenin blown up in St. Petersburg center
Archived Articles 02 Apr 2009  EWR
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A Lenin monument has been attacked in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. The offenders made an 80 by 100 cm hole in the monument to the famous communist leader, allegedly using a grenade launcher or a bomb.

Around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a small bomb went off on Finlandsky Station square in the city center. The explosion was aimed at the monument to the Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin, Russian news agencies reported. The monument is one of the thousands of memorials to the Soviet icon that remain all over the former USSR territory after the breakdown of the empire.

Lenin’s figure was “damaged from behind by an explosion”, the police said. Street lamps surrounding the monument were broken. No injuries were reported.

According to the reports, the hole that the explosion left in the hollow metal monument is around one meter in diameter.

Explosives experts are working at the site of the incident, trying to establish the exact type of the explosive, reportedly either a bomb or a grenade shot from a grenade-launcher.

In late February, a monument to Lenin was attacked in the Orel Region, south of Moscow. Someone fired a hunting gun several times into the figure’s head.

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