Ukraine Orders Demolition of Soviet Monuments

An ideological spring cleaning of sorts is set to begin in Ukraine, after President Petro Poroshenko signed controversial legislation on Friday intended to rid the country of symbols from its Soviet past.
The legislation, passed by Parliament on April 9, condemns the communist authorities that governed from 1917 to 1991 as a criminal regime. It also bans all communist symbols and propaganda, which means thousands of monuments to Bolshevik Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin and other Soviet-era icons scattered around Ukraine must be demolished.
Poroshenko's spokesman , called the move a "giant step forward for Ukraine."



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