#Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on petition for demolition of monument to Prince Vladimir on Kiev City Council’s site
In November, a petition appeared on the site of the Kiev City Council demanding that the monument to Prince Vladimir on Vladimirskaya Gorka has to be demolished. The authors of the appeal substantiate this by the fact that Prince Vladimir allegedly illegally came to power as a result of a coup d’état.
This news could be ridiculous, if not for the recent renaming and acts of vandalism in Ukraine. Some time ago the talks about the appearance of the Bandera Avenue in Kiev seemed marginal. And now there is a Bandera Avenue in Kiev. Once it seemed impossible that somewhere in the country that survived the events in the Babiy Yar, a monument to the Nazi Shukhevich could be opened. But now in Ukraine there are more than a dozen of such monuments.
However, this is all natural. Starting with the so-called decommunization, Ukraine is moving further along the path of self-destruction and oblivion of its history and itself. The profound crisis of self-identification of the Ukrainian society results in acts of vandalism and such petitions.
Ukraine began combating monuments with the destruction of monuments to Lenin. Then the vandals moved on to the desecration of monuments dedicated to the Great Patriotic War. So, according to the Ukrainian press, in Kiev, a monument to Eternal Glory on the grave of the Unknown Soldier has already been poured several times with concrete. Now the Ukrainian society approached the idea of demolishing the monument to Prince Vladimir.
However, even if the petition does not collect the required number of signatures, in the Ukrainian society there will always be radicals who will destroy the monument on their own. For example, this was the case with the monument to Marshal Georgy Zhukov in Odessa.
It’s terrible when a whole country loses its moral orienting points, when the whole people do not remember who they are and where their land and history came from.
Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy