A senior Russian lawmaker blasted on Friday the decision by a regional parliament in western Ukraine to remove a Soviet-era statue to the Red Army soldier, RIA Novosti reported.

The assembly in Lviv passed a decision on Thursday to remove the statue from a square in Stryi and place it in a museum of Soviet totalitarianism, saying the statue had no historical or cultural value.

Lyubov Sliska, deputy speaker of Russia`s lower house of parliament, said such decisions could only be made by a "criminal regime."

"They have long turned a blind eye to Nazi marches, portraying those who massacred people as heroes," Sliska said, adding the decision revealed lawmakers` disrespect for the soldiers who liberated Ukraine.

RIA Novosti