Jul 2, 2009

Lenin Still Stands

I am posting this on behalf of Mr. Ta.

I find something sadly symbolic about this attempt to take down Lenin in downtown Kyiv. A small group of nationalists painstakingly defy authorities to take down an offensive symbol. But their technology is weak, cars zip by on the streets in ambivalence, and only later does the police bother to show up and shoo away the nationalists. Their attempt at moving out of the shadows of history is a sad fail. And, though now missing a nose and somewhat more battered, Lenin still


elmer said...

No wonder the sovok union fell apart. They spent all their money on GIANT MONUMENTS to lenin. What a waste!

The man in the video quite rightly announces that there was a presidential decree ordering that all sovok monuments be taken down.

Maybe this is like a "citizen's arrest".

They need to get a tank and take that statue of lenin down, and put the metal to good use.

Blogs and forums in Ukraine have been calling for it for a number of years now.


They should learn of those guys in Saint Petersbourg. Do you recall that hole, lol?

elmer said...

But wait - there's more!

It seems that statues of lenin are starting to fall like flies in Ukraine.

UNIAN reported that in a town in the Poltava region of Ukraine, "unkown" persons took down a statue of Lenin all the way "to the ground."

It was made of cement-gypsum, with a covering of bronze paint, and was about 2 meters high.

One of the comments I saw was - "hey, Poltava, it's about time - in Western Ukraine we took him down in the '90's"

Link to Ukrainian Pravda article, as reported by UNIAN here:


elmer said...

OK, boys and girls, a great article on why "lenin lives":

lenin even got party tickets, even though he was long dead.


A Ukrainian Cossack is galloping on a horse. Towards him comes the next-door girl by the name of Marusya, whom he quite liked and flirted with. She says: “Mykola, dear…” She had no time to finish because he slashed her apart with his saber. Next, his nephew runs towards him, shouting: “Uncle Mykola!” But he, too, is slashed with a saber. He rides into his yard and out runs his sister, only to meet the same fate. Mykola jumps off the horse and runs into the house. His elderly mother is there. He looks at her and shouts in ecstasy: “Mother, I’ve seen Lenin!”

If you don’t understand the joke, you’re not a Soviet person. In Soviet society, Lenin was the greatest of them all – the holiest of all saints, the most pious of all living. He made you dizzy like a drug. He had to evoke the kind of ecstasy that in this state you could do anything – even axe the woman you love, although this, of course, is a hyperbole typical for jokes.


When the Communist Party decided to upgrade party tickets during the rule of Leonid Brezhnev, the symbolic ticket number one was set aside for Lenin, long dead by then. The second ticket was given to the ossified leader of the Soviet state, Brezhnev.