Ukraine is fighting with its Russian history one statue at a time

Konstantin Romanov

December 2, 2015

Translated from Russian by Kristina Rus

A monument to the representative of the Russian Imperial family, the Trustee of the cadet corps, General Konstantin Romanov was removed from the territory of Odessa Military Academy (former Institute of Ground Forces).

100 years ago, the Academy was home to the Cadet corps, named in honor of Konstantin Romanov. A bronze bust to the representative of the Imperial family was established on the territory of the Military Academy in 1999.

Now instead of a monument to the general the new memorial to “the heroes of ATO” will be erected.

“The monument was dismantled in accordance with the law of Ukraine. It was moved where such things are stored. It will not be destroyed. And in its place will stand a monument to the heroes, the Military Academy graduates who died defending their country”, — said the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak.

According to the Academy itself, the Romanov monument will be stored in a warehouse with expired training equipment.

Teachers and students tried to defend the monument to the guardian of cadet corps, rightfully recalling that Romanov had no relation to the Bolsheviks and even died before the revolution. However, the anti-communists turned a deaf ear to these arguments.


Kristina Rus: Before one rushes to justify the Kiev junta, think about how would you react if the history of your land was under attack? How does this make the Russians in Ukraine feel? 

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