In Kyiv, the “Hromadske TV” journalists were attacked by the guards of the territory in Holosiyivskyi rayon, where in violation of the law on decommunization the monument to Vladimir Lenin is still standing. The story about the incident was made public on the TV channel’s Facebook page on May 10, “Detector Media” reports.
“The monument to Vladimir Lenin is still standing in Holosiyivskyi rayon of Kyiv, according to the law of decommunization it should have been taken down two years ago. It is possible that the monument was saved by its position in an inconspicuous territory behind a turnpike, or because there are no mentions about it anywhere. Or maybe it is the “heroine” of our video, an elderly woman, who spares no effort to protect the monument”, reported “Hromadske”.
Journalist Natalka Tarasovska repeatedly tried to talk to the woman, who is protecting the monument, to no avail. The woman claimed that it was “private territory”, and asked representatives of the media outlets to leave.
The video the channel published showed an unidentified elderly woman demanding the filming crew to leave the “private territory”, using force against the Hromadske TV journalist and calling the security.
On May 12, the YouTube channel FrozenNoseStudio published a video of three unidentified persons destroying the monument to Lenin in Holosiyivskyi rayon of Kyiv at the address Kozatska 122, and “Hromadske TV” reported about the incident.
For the context, on April 9, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada approved the package of laws on decommunization, which prohibit the Soviet symbols and condemn the Communist regime. On May 15, 2015, they were signed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, and on May 21, 2015, they became effective.