Thursday, July 19, 2018

Statue of Yeltsin vandalized in Yekaterinburg

Police found a monument to Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Yekateirnburg vandalized on Friday.

Blue paint was used to disfigure an inscription of the leader's name, RIA Novosti reports.

The statue was unveiled in February 2011 to mark the leader's 80th birthday. The 10-meter marble statue is located in Yeltsin's home town of Yekaterinburg, where the damage was discovered on Friday.

Yeltsin played a key role in burying the Soviet Union, leading to his role as Russia's first president. He died of heart failure in 2007.

The Communist Party said it would pay lawyer fees if the offenders were found, RIA Novosti reports.

"This support is due to the fact that we share the feelings of the political vandals and fear that their right for a fair trial could be violated," top party official Alexander Ivachyov wrote on his blog, RIA Novosti reports.

If convicted, the vandals face up to three months of detention.