New Year's greetings with portraits of Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin have been placed in the center of Sevastopol in the Russian-occupied Crimea.

That's according to RFE/RL's Crimea.Realities project.

The billboard is located outside a local office of Russia's Communist Party.


Communist Party and the relevant symbols of the Soviet Union have long been banned in Ukraine.

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