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Lenin statue in Kiev causes more friction

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Scuffles have broken out between nationalists and communists in Kiev at the unveiling of a restored statue of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.

The statue was taken down in June after being vandalised. It was put back on display on Friday at a ceremony led by the Communist Party. But tensions soon rose. Victor Tkachenko from the Ukrainian People’s Party said: “Lenin founded concentration camps, he was behind the first famine of 1921-22. It was Lenin who organised terror in Ukraine.” As well as the scuffles, it is reported that two people were detained by police after red paint was thrown at the statue. The police reportedly tried to stand between the nationalists and communists to reduce any chance of violence. The Communist Party says it restored the statue as a response to those it says are “trying to blot out from history the achievements of the Soviet period”.