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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lenin Statue Restored

KIEV ) -- A monument to Vladimir Lenin that was damaged and razed after the Soviet collapse has been restored and replaced in the small southern Ukrainian town of Belgorod-Dniestrovsky.

"I was following the desire of the city's residents," Mayor Valentin Dyachenko said Monday. "Everything that's been built must stand intact. We already have torn down too much."

The action drew immediate protest from a Ukrainian nationalist group. The Ukrainian State Independence organization threatened to put up a monument to Adolf Hitler unless Ukraine's president orders all Lenin statues demolished in the former Soviet republic.