The Kyiv Post welcomes feedback about our new website and we stand ready to fix any problems users might encounter in our test phase. Contact us at: or +38-044-591-3344. Thank you!

Share Tweet Pocket Add to Bookmarks
You're reading: Vandals damage monument to late Russian leader Yeltsin

MOSCOW - Vandals defaced one of Russia's few monuments to its first post-Soviet president Boris Yeltsin on Friday, Aug. 24, covering it with blue paint and chipping the letters of his name on the pedestal, police in his home region in the Ural Mountains said.

Yeltsin gained popularity by challenging the Soviet Union’s
Communist bosses with calls for faster reform, but he is reviled
by many Russians who accuse him of hastening the Soviet collapse
and have dark memories of his rule in the chaotic 1990s.

The monument, a tall stone slab with a carved relief of a
stern-faced Yeltsin, was unveiled in the Sverdlovsk regional
capital of Yekaterinburg 18 months ago by then-president Dmitry

State television showed workers hosing the paint off the
monument from a cherry picker after the pre-dawn attack, whose
culprits face up to three months in jail if found.

“We are deeply outraged by this act of vandalism,” Vadim
Naumenko of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center told RIA news
agency, urging city authorities to ensure it is not repeated.

“Dialogue and dispute should be conducted in a civilised
manner, otherwise we will move from rebellion to rebellion in Russia, from revolution to revolution,” Naumenko said.

Yeltsin was elected president of Russia in June 1991, when
it was still part of the Soviet Union, and emerged as the
undisputed leader of a new Russia after he stared down the tanks
of a hardline communist coup attempt that August.

Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union
in December 1991, sealing its break-up.

Yeltsin was re-elected in 1996 and stepped down in 1999,
making Vladimir Putin Russia‘s acting president after nine years
in power marred by economic hardship, war in Chechnya and a
decline in Moscow’s global clout.

Yeltsin, who suffered health problems and bouts of public
drunkenness, died in 2007 at the age of 76. Putin was elected
president in 2000 and 2004, and again in March of this year
after four years as prime minister.

Found a spelling error? Let us know – highlight it and press Ctrl + Enter.


Add comment

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.
More in this section

Add a picture
Choose file
Add a quote

Are you sure you want to delete your comment?


Are you sure you want to delete all user's comments?


Are you sure you want to unapprove user's comment?


Are you sure you want to move to spam user's comment?


Are you sure you want to move to trash user's comment?

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: