Russian authorities in the Far East have decided to make an unprecedented political move and restore the monument to An Jung-geun, who shot the first Japanese Resident-General on the Korean peninsula. Given complicated relations between Tokyo and Moscow over the Kuril island, such a demonstration of contempt for history is unlikely to improve them.
An Jung-geun was one of the leaders of the Korean armed underground. In 1907 he went into exile in Primorsky Krai, where he joined the resistance. And in 1909 he shot Ito Hirobumi, the first Korean Resident-General, who had been the prime minister of Japan four times. As a result, he was executed at the age of 30.
For the Koreans An Jung-geun is a national hero, and given the fact that in the Far East Russia is now focused on the friendship with North Korea, but not other countries, such a step is absolutely clear.
It should be noted that this monument was not just set up but restored. It stood near the Vladivostok Medical University, but it was in such a bad state that it was decided to demolish it without knowing to whom it was devoted. The government of the DPRK did not even know of its existence.