Lenin statue blown up in Russia's Saint Petersburg: police
Unidentified attackers blew up a statue of Lenin, in a suburb of Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg in the second such attack in the last two years, police said Tuesday.
The bronze statue of the Bolshevik leader in the suburb of Pushkin "was seriously damaged by the explosion, especially the base of the statue," a police spokesman said.
The explosion late on Monday night shattered the windows of a building opposite the statue but did not injure anyone, police said.
Lenin statues still remain very numerous, especially in small towns, but are gradually falling into disrepair. Some have been targeted in apparent protests.
In April 2009, attackers blew a large hole in the buttocks of a Lenin statue that stands outside Saint Petersburg's Finland station, where Lenin arrived back in Russia just before the 1917 revolution and gave a famous speech.
Police never caught the attackers but the statue was restored by the city authorities and replaced in April this year.
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