Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lenin statue blown up in central Russian city


MOSCOW, November 15 (RIA Novosti) - A Lenin statue was blown up in the early hours of Saturday in the central Russian city of Ryazan, a police source has told RIA Novosti.
No one was injured in the blast, which happened at around 3:00 a.m. (midnight GMT). Ryazan is some 200 kms (125 miles) from Moscow.
The police source said that the explosive device used had contained "the equivalent of some 200 grams of TNT."
"As a result of the blast, the two-meter alabaster monument was completely destroyed. An investigation is being carried out," said the source.
Ryazan's best known monument to the father of the Bolshevik Revolution is in the centre of the city. It is not known if police will take any special steps to protect it in the light of Saturday's events.


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