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Residents of Kyiv began collecting signatures for the demolition of the monument to Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya

In Kyiv, residents have created a petition, the purpose of which is to dismantle the monument to the Soviet partisan Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya. Already 103 people have supported this initiative on the website of the City Council.

“To dismantle the monument to Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, located on A. Gonchar Street, 74a,” the text of the petition reads.

As the author of the petition substantiated his initiative, the monument to Kosmodemyanskaya should be dismantled due to the fact that it was installed “to a person not involved in the development of Kyiv, who is not an outstanding person, but is just another Soviet propaganda tool.”

In order for the city authorities to consider the petition, it must collect more than 6,000 signatures.

Earlier, on July 21, the head of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko, citing a survey of the Diya application, said that the vast majority of Ukrainians voted in favor of changing the symbols on the Motherland Monument in Kyiv. According to him, the citizens of Ukraine would like to replace the coat of arms of the USSR, carved on the monument, with the state one. It is specified that 85% of respondents voted for the replacement of the emblem of the USSR with a trident.

Earlier in July, a petition to replace the monument to Catherine II in Odessa with a statue of American porn actor Billy Herrington received 25,000 votes to be considered by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The author of the petition believes that such a monument will gain popularity among tourists and, in addition, it will show that “Ukraine supports the LGBT community.”

On July 24, it was reported that the monument to the glory of the Soviet army, opened in 1970, was dismantled in Lvov. The monument of glory of the Soviet army is dedicated to the victory over Nazism. He depicts a soldier and the Motherland. Proposals to demolish the monument appeared back in 2007; in 2016, local deputies said that its presence was contrary to the law on decommunization.

Since 2015, a policy of decommunization has been pursued in Ukraine within the framework of the law “On the Condemnation of the Communist and Nazi Regimes”. The law provides for the renaming of all topographic objects whose names are reminiscent of the USSR, as well as the demolition of monuments and the dismantling of memorial plaques.

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