On the eve of the unknown poured red paint over the pedestal of the monument and wrote: “The killer.”
An action took place in Odessa, the participants of which demanded to demolish the monument to the Russian Empress Catherine II, which is the central figure of the monument to the Founders of Odessa.
As an UNIAN correspondent reports, about 15 young people have gathered in the center of the city today, on Ekaterininskaya Square, where the monument is erected.
Activists came with posters with inscriptions in Russian and Ukrainian: “You are sitting in the wrong place”, “Katya = Putin” and the like.
They stood at the pedestal and chanted: “Tear down!”, “Glory to Ukraine!”, and also accused the mayor of the city, Gennady Trukhanov, of not wanting to dismantle this monument.
After some time, law enforcement officers approached the protesters and asked them to stop the action. Soon the young people dispersed.
As UNIAN reported, in July of this year, a petition to the president for the dismantling of the monument to the “Founders of Odessa”, the central figure of which is the Russian Empress Catherine II, gained the required number of signatures, but the demolition (relocation, dismantling, etc.) of monuments in cities is the prerogative of local authorities .
In August, a number of Ukrainian media outlets, citing an interview with the mayor of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov, to one of the foreign publications, reported that the mayor, answering a question about the dismantling of the monument to the “Founders of Odessa”, said that now he “sees no point in this.”
On September 19, public discussions will take place in the form of an Internet conference to decide the fate of the monument to the “Founders of Odessa”.
On the evening of September 17, unknown people poured red paint over the pedestal of the monument and wrote: “The killer.”
Reference UNIAN. In 2007, a comprehensive restoration of Ekaterininskaya Square was carried out in Odessa, as part of which a monument to the “Founders of Odessa” was erected – an exact copy of the original, dismantled by the Bolsheviks in 1925. The monument is a composition, the central figure of which is the Russian Empress Catherine II. She is surrounded by satellites (small statues) – Grigory Potemkin, Platon Zubov, Joseph Deribas and Franz de Volan. Because of this monument, scandals have repeatedly arisen in Odessa, as some of the townspeople demand to dismantle it.