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Vandals Regularly Deface Monument to Victims of Political Repressions
5.03.2013 07:01
Vandals Regularly Deface Monument to Victims of Political Repressions

In St. Petersburg unidentified vandals have once again profaned a monument to victims of political repressions - the Solovki Stone – set up in the Troitsky Square.

      Now their inscriptions have been painted over, however patches have remained on the stone. Ombudsman Alexander Shishlov has suggested installing surveillance cameras by the stone.

This monument is regularly exposed to acts of vandalism.  The previous case was recorded in February, 2012. 

“Systematic defilement of the Solovki Stone is not just acts of vandalism, but violation of our memory and our history, a defiance to the state and society, which has to be given an adequate answer to”, - Mr. Shishlov emphasizes.

      Alexander Shishlov addressed the governor Georgy Poltavchenko with an appeal to restore the Solovki Stone and to develop measures for protection of the memorial from vandals’ possible attempts. The ombudsman also asked the chief of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia across Petersburg Sergey Umnov to arrange a check-up and to make the decision of taking legal steps against vandalism (Article 214 of the Criminal Code of Russian Federation).

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Monuments of St. Petersburg Political Repressions Vandalism   

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