Ukraine & The Significance of a Statue

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A protester breaks apart a statue of Lenin at a monument in his honor after it was pulled down during a mass rally called 'The March of a Million' in Kiev's Independence Square on December 8, 2013. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty)

Protests continued to escalate overnight in Ukraine where security forces have flooded the city center, raiding opposition headquarters and dismantling protest camps in front of government buildings.

The enhanced police presence is due in large part to protest activity that occurred on Sunday when activists toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin.

It was a move seen by one member of Parliament as “the end of the Soviet occupation and the beginning of the final decolonization of Ukraine.”

Joining The Takeaway to explain the significance of this statue’s undoing is Sasha Senderovich, Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Program for Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Guests:

Sasha Senderovich

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

RAOUL from BEND, OREGON

It is time to boycott the winter Olympics in Sochi Russia. Money talks in Russia. Or, if we cannot do that perhaps we can tear down the Lenin statue in the Fremont district of Seattle, Washington?

Dec. 10 2013 01:25 PM
listener

Comparing the tearing down of a statue of Lenin in Kiev to the demolishing of the Buddhist monuments in "Afghanistan".

Really?

Dec. 10 2013 09:41 AM

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