During the rule of the Soviet Union. The people of the Ukraine were dealt many horrific decrees under Vladamir Lenin and Joseph Stalin. I am up in the air too about this and it is up to the people of the Ukraine to resolve this issue. On one hand the people should be reminded of what a totalitarian regime did to the people under the iron fist of communism.
Under the rule of communism. Millions of people of the Ukraine were starved to death after Soviet Soldiers took all the food. Millions more died at the hand of Joseph Stalin's reign of terror when he was purging dissidents. I commend the former president of the Ukraine sending out the decree to take down all the statues of the Soviet era.
If I were a Ukrainian.I would have a problem of a Lenin Statue in the center of town in Kiev because I would see a man who was responsible for many deaths of my ancestors at the hands of this madman who once ruled the Ukraine.One the other hand I would not want my countryman to forget what happened under Soviet rule so the country never fall prey to such tyrants again.
I can see why people are divided over removing the statues because of Historical and Cultural issues. Now speaking as an American to the people of the Ukraine. We had a war with the British Crown over 200 years ago.We do not have any statues of King George the Third around anymore.They took them all down after the war. We do not want to people to forget about were we come from and were we have been. We still have statues in the Southern States of Civil War Generals to remind people that this country was once divided and at war. Because it is a part of our history here.
I would take all those Statues of Lenin,Stalin and Trotsky. I not destroy them. I would make a special park call it the walk of shame to remind the people what theses men did to their country as a part of history to remind them never to allow these tyrants to return to power ever again and a special garden for the victims who died of famines and purging of these madmen.
The people of the Ukraine should never forget and think of the younger generation who were born after the Soviet Collapse be reminded what there parents and grandparents endured under the hand of Tyrants and what the effects of such of rulers has wrought that are still being felt to this day.