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Vilna Gaon monument in Vilnius vandalized for 2nd time in 2 months

BC, Vilnius, 03.08.2020.Print version

The monument to the Gaon of Vilna, the great 18th century Torah scholar, in Vilnius' Old Town was vandalized on Sunday for the second time in two months, the Police Department said on Monday, cites LETA/BNS. 

Julija Samorokovskaja, a spokeswoman for the capital's police, told BNS that someone had apparently poured acid on the monument in Zydu Street in the past two days. 

A guide reported the act of vandalism to the police on Sunday evening, she said.  

A pre-trial investigation into incitement to hatred has been launched, according to the spokeswoman. 

The monument was doused in some light liquid in late June. Samorokovskaja said the police investigation into the incident was underway.  

The monument to Doctor Tsemakh Shabad, who inspired Korney Chukovsky to create the popular children’s stories character Doctor Aibolit, in the Old Town's Mesiniu Street was also vandalized back then.

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