COMMUNISTS AND NATIONAL-BOLSHEVIKS WANT TO DISMANTLE MONUMENT TO WHITE ADMIRAL KOLCHAK

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IRKUTSK, November 7 (RIA Novosti) - Participants in the rally in Irkutsk (East Siberia) protested against the unveiling of the monument to Alexander Kolchak (1874-1920).

The monument was unveiled on November 4 in honor of the 130th anniversary of Admiral Kolchak's birth. He went down in history not only as a leader of the White movement during the Civil War but also as a talented admiral and Artic explorer.

[In 1916-1917 Admiral Kolchak commanded the Black Sea Fleet during World War I (1914-1918). In 1918-1920, after the execution of Nicholas II and his family Kolchak proclaimed himself Supreme Ruler of Russia. He established the White counter-revolutionary regime in Siberia, the Ural region and Far East under Allied protection. His army was 400,000-strong. It was defeated by the Red Army and guerrillas. Alexander Kolchak was executed by a firing squad of the Irkutsk military-revolutionary committee.]

Representatives of the Communist and National-Bolshevik Parties called Admiral Kolchak the torturer of Siberia and foreign mercenary. According to them, an initiative group to collect signatures for the monument's dismantling was formed. Over 500 signatures have been collected in three days.

The rally in Irkutsk was dedicated to the 87th anniversary of the October revolution. The speakers called to preserve this holiday in its Soviet format.

According to organizers, over 1,000 Irkutsk residents took part in the rally.

The rally closed by the Eternal Fire memorial in honor of victims of the Great Patriotic War in Irkutsk's center.

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