Saakashvili ordered the demolition of monuments to Lenin, Dzerzhinsky, and Maxim Gorky Chapaev in Odessa region
The head of the Odessa regional administration Mikhail Saakashvili ordered to carry around hundreds of monuments and memorials “and Communist totalitarian regimes”. Published in the decree States that the ex-President of Georgia intends to personally monitor the progress.
In a prepared list of candidates for the demolition of about 40 monuments to Vladimir Lenin and a bust of Shchors, monuments Kotovsk, Dzerzhinsky, Frunze, Maxim Gorky, Chapaev, Marx, the Bulgarian Communist Dimitrov, Kalinin, Vojkovo.
Dismantling should be subjected to more than a dozen images of the hammer and sickle, including at mass graves, and the inscriptions “Drummers of Communist labor” and “built in honor of the 100th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin” at the entrance to a grain item.
As reported by RIA “Novosti”, Saakashvili has established a working group on decommunization in the execution of the law “About the condemnation of the Communist and national socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of propaganda of their symbolism” in November of last year. This group was headed by the chief of staff of the regional administration Vadim Georgians. A similar group was commissioned to create the heads of district administrations and mayors of regional significance. They had until may 2016 to report on the work done.
Additionally, in early 2015, amid the discussion of the law on decommunization Saakashvili in his speeches for the press noted that it was “the only area where Ukraine formally went further than Georgia”. According to reports the UNIAN, the ex-President of Georgia welcomed the adoption of the relevant law and considered it pivotal to the approval of identity of Ukraine.
Thus, Mikhail Saakashvili noted that the de-communization of Ukraine should pass a comprehensive reform, because if you don’t change the corrupt system of governance, “the monuments just people not happy”.