A picture taken on January 29, 2016 shows Ukrainian Nationalists, supported by a cheering crowd, preparing to tear down the statue of early Communist leader Grigory Petrovsky in Dnipropetrovsk. / AFP / Stanislas VEDMID
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Ukrainian activists in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk Friday night toppled a statue of controversial Bolshevik leader Grigory Petrovsky, implicated in a famine that killed millions in the 1930s, city hall said.The monument, which had been inaugurated in 1976, will be now kept in a museum, Dnipropetrovsk mayor Borys Filatov said on his Facebook page, referring to Petrovsky as "the butcher".Dnipropetrovsk, which is located near the pro-Russian separatist regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, was named after Petrovsky in the Soviet era and has since kept its name. Petrovsky, the de facto head of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1922 to 1938, was also a signatory of the treaty that made Ukraine a Soviet republic.
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