The Russian Community Centre at 2114 West 4th Avenue has been vandalized and splattered with blue and yellow paint in support of Ukraine.
According to Vancouver is Awesome, the paint vandalism appears to have been first spotted in the light of day on March 5th.
The Vancouver Police Department issued a statement late Saturday morning regarding the incident:
“VPD sent investigators to the community centre, near Arbutus Street and West 4th Avenue, Saturday morning, following reports that someone had defaced the building with blue and yellow paint. The vandalism likely occurred overnight,” confirmed authorities, adding: “No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.”
RCC Board Chair Ariadna McKenna was on site at the hall Saturday.
“We don’t support what’s going on in Europe,” McKenna told Vancouver Is Awesome. “We support our membership, and many of them have friends and family who are in terrible situations. And for them to come here and to experience this [vandalism] in Canada was unbelievable and really uncalled for.”
McKenna added she would ask the vandals why they would do such a thing to an organization “that has done no harm and only does good for our city here.”
“We’re a non-political group,” remarked McKenna, noting the RCC’s multi-national membership includes Ukrainians as well. “We don’t choose who comes in here – we accept anybody and everybody.”
Last modified: March 7, 2022