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Lenin’s Down

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The last Lenin fell in Kiev today. According to Buzzfeed’s Max Seddon:

The right-wing nationalist Svoboda party, one of the three major opposition groups, claimed responsibility for toppling the statue, the Ukrainskie Novosti news agency reported. Police said in a statement that they were investigating the incident and believed Svoboda’s fiercely anti-Russian and anti-Soviet members were responsible. Many of the people celebrating by the statue chanted nationalist slogans and waved right-wing groups’ flags.

Hundreds of protesters attacked the statue a week ago, but were driven off by riot police.

Here’s a video:

This was Lenin’s response:

https://twitter.com/LeninRussia/statuses/407105465458233344

“I’ve formulated my official position on events in Ukraine. I’m lying down.”