Lenin Shot in St Petersburg

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

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  1. An organisation calling itself the “Zalessky Combat Air Squadron” has taken responsibility for the attack against the statue of Vladimir Lenin in St Petersburg on 1 April 2009, news portal Fontanka.Ru reported.

    The group said Lenin and his followers committed crimes against humanity, which have no statute of limitations. The destruction of monuments to Soviet leaders, especially to Lenin, are therefore fully justified, the group said.


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