- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA (AP) - Police say vandals have sprayed paint and drawn a swastika across a large painting of Vladimir Lenin on a mountainside in southern Russia.

The report of the vandalism comes a day after a bomb blew a large hole in a famous statue of Lenin in St. Petersburg.

The portrait on the Mashuk Mountain in Pyatigorsk was created in 1925 and had periodically been given a fresh coat of paint. The area has come to be known as Lenin Rocks, and a spa at the bottom of the mountain also carries the name.

Pyatigorsk police said Thursday that the vandals also drew anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi graffiti. The defacements were discovered last week.

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