Sickle, hammer and sign of anarchy: Stepan Bandera's grave was desecrated in Munich (photo)

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Sickle, hammer and sign of anarchy: Stepan Bandera's grave was desecrated in Munich (photo)

Vandals painted the monument on both sides with purple paint. Social media users did not appreciate the performance and urged those responsible to clean the tombstone.

In the German city of Munich, vandals painted purple paint on the monument on the grave of Ukrainian revolutionary and nationalist Stepan Bandera. This was announced on Facebook by Belarusian activist Ales Chaychits.

The photo shows that unknown people painted a Soviet symbol on the monument with a spray can – a sickle and a hammer. In addition, in some places there is anarchist symbolism.

“The grave of Stepan Bandera in Munich was damaged by vandals. I decided to visit it for the first time, and there the police and this spectacle,” Chaichits wrote.

Social network users reacted negatively to such acts of self-expression

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“Bandera is an ambiguous personality, there was both good and bad in a person. This does not give the right to treat the monument in this way. Let the monument to Lenin be painted, he was an executioner,” wrote Sonya Ivanova.

The managing director of the Saint Petersburg Vedomosti newspaper, Viktor Lurie, wrote that the vandals should be caught and forced to launder the monument.

“We do this in Israel,” he said.

Hammer, sickle and sign of anarchy: Stepan Bandera's grave desecrated in Munich (photo)

Note that the grave of Bandera in Munich was desecrated in March last year. Several red plastic canisters were stacked by the tombstone. Former ambassador to Ukraine Andriy Melnyk said that the nationalist's grave was “doused with an unknown substance.”

Hammer, sickle and sign of anarchy: Stepan Bandera's grave desecrated in Munich (photo)

< p>“What a shame that not only Moscow propaganda, but also respected German historians are demonizing Bandera,” Melnik commented on the incident.

Stepan Bandera was killed in Munich on October 15, 1959, his grave is located at the Waldfriedhof cemetery . Historians are ambivalent about the personality of Stepan Bandera. Ukrainian nationalists call him a hero and build torchlight processions into his birthday on January 1.

Israel condemns torchlight processions in honor of Bandera. The country's embassy in Ukraine considers this to be anti-Semitic manifestations, and Bandera's admirers are adherents of Nazi ideology.

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