A group of men remove the statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin from the central square of eastern Ukraine's Slaviansk. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin was removed from the central square of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk in the early hours of Wednesday (June 3). A small group of men wearing camouflage uniform arrived at the square with a crane, and could be seen tying rope to the monument and lifting it off the pedestal. The monument was covered with splashes of red paint. It was the second attempt to remove the statue. On April 2 several activists tried to topple it, but were chased away by a group of residents. Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page that the monument in Slaviansk was removed by activists from the nationalist Right Sector group. In May Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko signed several laws which the media called "Anti-Communist". The four laws ban Communist and Nazi propaganda and make a denial of the criminal nature of the Communist regime a punishable offense.