Odesa court refuses to dismantle monument to Catherine the Great

Source : 112 Ukraine

Previously, a public organization demanded to place another monument in this one’s place
20:53, 5 February 2018

An appeal court in Odesa refused to dismantle the monument to Catherine the Great (officially named Monument to the founders of Odesa), that is located in the Katerynynska Square, as reports.

The appeal was made by a public organization Sich, which demanded to return another monument into the square - to those who took part in the Potemkin rebellion which was part of 1905 Russian Revolution. Although the court recognized the removal of this monument from the square illegal last September, it didn’t oblige the city to dismantle or move the monument to Catherine II.

When Monument to the founders of Odesa was put up in the square in 2007, it caused outrage among many Ukrainian patriots, as Catherine II, although the founder of Odesa, did a lot to destroy Ukrainian culture during her reign, disbanding Ukrainian Cossack units, introducing serfdom, and conducting the policy of Russification. 

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