The giant statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin next to the Finland railway station in St Petersburg, Russia, was attacked early in the morning of 1 April 2009. Police reports that a small explosive device made a hole of almost a metre in diameter through the statue.
Reports from the scene say that the hole was, most likely, the result of a shot from a grenade launcher, and that the shot was fired from a car. The statue of Lenin stands in front of the Finland railway station in memory of his return from exile on 3 April 1917.
The statue will be removed temporarily for restoration. Experts say there is a danger that the statue will break. Vladimir Timofeyev, director of the St Petersburg sculpture museum, said the damage to the statue was not “life-threatening.”
Lenin Shot in St Petersburg