(PHOTO: Communal workers remove the toppled Soviet-era memorial for Nikolai Rudnev in Kharkiv on April 11, 2015. Masked men toppled three statues of Communist leaders overnight Friday on Ukraine's city of Kharkiv, days after parliament moved to purge Soviet-era symbols countrywide. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI BOBOK.
(April 13, 2015) Performance Art: Soviet Colonial Statues for Commie Apparatchiks Take a Tumble
KHARKIV (AFP).- Masked men toppled Soviet-era statues in night raids in Ukraine's second city Saturday, as moves to erase fraught symbols of the past widen the country's divide.
Monuments to three Bolshevik heroes were smashed in the dead of night in the Russian-speaking city of Kharkiv, close to the northeastern border with Russia, 48 hours after parliament passed controversial laws banning Nazi and Communist symbols.
Police launched a probe and the pro-Russian Opposition Bloc party, which has 40 of 450 parliamentary seats, accused Ukraine's pro-West government of undermining traditions and encouraging "chaos on the streets".