December 7, 2022

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Finland removes last Lenin statue from display on its border | the world

A city in the southeast Finland A publicly exposed statue of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin was removed in the country on Tuesday after pressure from its residents over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A group of workers in Kotka, a port city of 52,000 people not far from the Russian border, loaded the bust onto a truck and took it to a local museum warehouse.

Museum director Kirsi Nyku told Finnish public broadcaster YLE that the bronze statue was designed and built by Estonian sculptor Matti Varik in the late 1970s, on orders from Moscow.

The bust was presented to the residents of Kotka in 1979 as a gift from the friendly city of Tallinn, the capital of the then Soviet Republic of Estonia.

Finland has removed the country’s last publicly displayed statue of Lenin – Photo: Lehtikva/Sasu Makkinen via REUTERS

In the post-World War II era, it was a common practice for the Soviet Union to present this type of statue to highlight the friendship between Finland and the Soviet Union, especially in the 1970s and 1980s.

After two conflicts with the Soviet Union during World War II, Finland adopted a neutral position during the Cold War.

Finland has removed the country’s last publicly displayed statue of Lenin – Photo: Lehtikva/Sasu Makkinen via REUTERS

There is a bust of Lenin in Central Park in Kotka, next to the wooden house where the founder of the Bolshevik Party, the first head of government of the Soviet Union, was said to have stayed.

The statue was vandalized over the years, but remained in the park until the Kotka City Council decided to remove it.

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