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A new word to describe a recent but common phenomena in Ukraine is Leninopad (Ленінопад). It was coined as a combination of Lenin and the word for “waterfall,” and it means the act of tearing down a statue of Vladimir Lenin: literally “Lenin fall.” The video above is a compilation of Leninopad (I'm not sure about the plural form) from the past few days. The act is symbolic of Ukraine tearing away from the influence of Russia and its Soviet past.

How many statues of Lenin could there be in Ukraine? I counted seven in the video, although I could be wrong. I suppose there are many; after all, we have dozen of statues of Paul Bunyan in the U.S. and he’s a fictional character. One news source reported at least 90 Lenins have fallen so far, and the work goes on. -Thanks, hedwig!

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;) There were lots of them. There are still quite a few in some parts of the country but obviously, there are far fewer. Many Ukrainians see this as trying to once and for all shake off the hold of the Communists (the party is alive and well here too) and the Russians.
My students and I came up with a list of new words that have emerged these last 3 months- quite a few actually. This one is my favorite! Thanks for the post!
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