Recall that in early January, passers-by noticed that the sculpture, located at the intersection of Kirov and Poyarkov streets in Yakutsk, was missing a piece of its nose. The incident was reported to the police.
As it became known later, during operational search activities, the monument was damaged on the night of December 26. Two residents of the Khangalassky district, aged 34 and 36, were relaxing at a nearby restaurant. After that, already quite drunk, they went to their work, took a power tool there and, returning, cut off Dezhnev’s nose. One of the suspects admitted to law enforcement that they originally planned to cut off his hand, but it didn’t work out because he took more time.
“One of the men was previously convicted of a drug offense and was also prosecuted for fraud,” said the press service of the Yakutian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
A criminal case has been initiated for hooliganism (Part 1 of Article 214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The issue of placing suspects in a temporary detention center is being resolved.
The monument will be restored by an organization specializing in the repair of cultural heritage sites. Surveillance cameras will be installed near him, since hooligans do not harm him for the first time.