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In Alaska, a group of local residents demanded to demolish the monument to the chief Governor of Russian colonies in North America, Alexander Baranov. About the Agency TASS said the Manager of the city of Sitka John Leach.
In the village, which is located on the island of Baranov, appeared unhappy with the monument. “The city has a group of people that I would say, hold peaceful protests against the statue,” said the city Manager. He added that the continuation of the trend which is common to all States in the last month.
According to the protesters, the statue that gave the city a local wealthy family in 1989, offends the feelings of the indigenous peoples. Leach noted that in Sitka there are defenders of the monument, which point to its historical and artistic value. The final decision should be taken by the local Council. There is the option of preservation of the monument to the head of the Russian settlements, but at the same time as the balance is proposed to erect a monument to the indigenous people — the Tlingit.
Protests against racism in American cities in recent weeks are increasingly leading to the desecration and destruction of monuments. Demolished not only the monuments to the leaders of the Confederation, but, for example, a monument discovered America, the Explorer Christopher Columbus, the first President and one of the founders of the United States George Washington, as well as the author of the national anthem Francis Scott Key. President Donald trump then gave the forces of the Federal government the right to arrest anyone who exposes vandalism or destroying monuments. For such an offence are punished with imprisonment up to ten years.
Russian colonization of North America occurred in the XVIII-XIX centuries. The decision to sell Alaska the United States was approved December 16, 1866, Emperor Alexander II, Ministers of Finance and of the naval Ministry of the Russian envoy in Washington Baron Eduard Stelem. Area of more than 1.5 million square kilometres was sold for 7.2 million dollars in gold.
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