Ronald Reagan continues to defy Russian aggression, 30 years after his famous speech at the Berlin Wall.
“(P)ro-freedom officials in Ukraine, still threatened by Moscow, wants to put a statue of the Gipper in the center of Kiev and on the spot where the bronze of a former communist leader stood until the Soviet Union broke up,” The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard writes.
The effort is supported by U.S. conservative activist Grover Norquist of the Reagan Legacy Project, which seeks to establish official Reagan monuments in every U.S. state and across the world.
“There are now 11 monuments or statues in Eastern Europe celebrating Ronald Reagan’s leadership in winning the Cold War. There are none in Massachusetts,” says Norquist.
If successful, the Reagan statue would replace one of Dmytro Manuilsky. Manuilsky, leader of the Communist Party of Ukraine, once noted “We will offer the Christian world unheard of peace overtures, and these nations, stupid and decadent, will leap at the chance to be our friends; they will willingly cooperate in their own destruction. Then, when their guard is down, and they have gone to sleep, we will smash them with our clenched fist.”
His statue was ripped down in 2014 during an uprising against Russian aggression.
The Reagan statue that would replace it would specifically note his support for Ukraine.
“Behind Reagan will be a small wall which will feature his quotes about Ukraine and Ukrainian diaspora, for example: ‘Your struggle is our struggle.’ Also this wall will have broken and melted symbols of USSR. Elements of the Berlin Wall will be used in construction,” says Maryan Zablotskyy, president of the Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation.