Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Workers fail to clean vandalized Yeltsin monument

City workers have been unable to clean a vandalized monument to Russia's first president Boris Yeltsin in Yekaterinburg.

"The urban utility service did everything within their power to clean the monument from paint. However, reagents couldn't remove all the paint. Some traces of it have remained. The monument has to be dismantled to clean it from stains. The service has done everything that's possible in street conditions," Denis Sukhorukov, the press service chief of the Yekaterinburg city administration, said, according to Itar-Tass.

The Yeltsin Fund, which owns the monument, will decide the future of the monument.

Unknown vandals poured blue paint on the monument and knocked over some letters on the pedestal. The monument is currently covered in black cloth. Criminal proceedings have been initiated on the charge of vandalism.

The monument was unveiled in February 2011 by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in connection with the leader's 80th birthday. The monument is made of white marble and is 10 meters high, according to Itar-Tass.