14 September 2009

The Seat of Power

Although Moscow is home to his MAUSOLEUM, St Petersburg (formerly known as Leningrad) is naturally home to one of the world's many statues of Vladimir Lenin. One of Russia's most iconic MONUMENTS, it has become the butt of jokes after vandals added some rear ventilation to his coat earlier this year. Fortunately nobody was hurt in this latest incident. Curiously, it was April Fool's day when the event took place and found its way into the world media. The St Petersburg Times reports that a sarcophagus will be placed over the statue during its restoration, a bizarre fate for any bronze hero but something we would love to see images of.

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