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Belarusian Activist Faces Fine For Defacing Lenin Statue

Lenin monument in Navahradak

Lenin monument in Navahradak

Prosecutors today demanded that Yury Kazak, an active member of the unregistered Belarusian Christian Democracy, pay a fine equal to $2,700 for defacing a statue of Lenin, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Kazak pleaded guilty, admitting that he poured green paint over the statue in the city of Navahradak on November 7.

Kazak said he did so because of his belief that commemorating Lenin in Belarus is a crime and flouts history.

The judge postponed passing sentence until January 11, 2010.

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