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Police arrest drunken man who vandalized monument in Crimea dedicated to Russia's invading troops

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Police in Simferopol have arrested the intoxicated man who vandalized the city’s bronze monument to Russia’s unmarked soldiers who arrived in Crimea in February 2014, ahead of the secessionist referendum that led to Moscow’s annexation of the peninsula.

The Russian troops are known euphemistically as “the polite people.” The statue was erected near Crimea’s Supreme Council in the summer of 2016.

Police arrested the suspect for misdemeanor public intoxication and are investigating him for felony vandalism. The news outlet Vesti Krym previously reported that the suspect dumped red paint on the soldier depicted in the monument because he wanted to make a political statement against the authorities.