Saturday, June 23, 2018

Police identify suspected Yeltsin statue vandals

Sverdlovsk Police Lieutenant Mikhail Borodin announced on Friday that Yekaterinburg officials have identified the suspects believed to be involved in the August vandalism of President Boris Yeltsin's statue.

Borodin said that while no official charges have been brought against the suspects as of yet, police have compelling evidence that they have identified the correct individuals. Investigators now have specific information about the car that transported the vandals to the monument and a ladder the suspects attempted to use to reach the highest portions of the 33 foot marble statue, Itar-Tass reports.

"At first [the vandals] were attempting to use the ladder and a spray container with the typographic paint, but they failed to do it and sprayed the typographic paint from bottom to top", Borodin said, according to Itar-Tass.

The incident occurred on August 24 when vandals not only sprayed blue paint on the Russian president's statue, but also shattered a placard dedicating the statue to Yeltsin in honor of his 80th birthday in February 2011. The statue has been on display in downtown Yekaterinburg since its February 2011 unveiling.