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One of last Lenin statues smashed
AFP ^ | April 6, 2004

Posted on 04/06/2004 2:36:36 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

ONE of the few remaining statues of Vladimir Illich Lenin in St Petersburg, the city that formerly bore his name, was pulled down and smashed by persons unknown, police said on Tuesday.

The statue of the founder of the Soviet Union was toppled and broken into several pieces in the St Petersburg suburb of Pushkin, they said.

After the Russian revolution of 1917, the former imperial capital was renamed Leningrad, but reverted to St Petersburg after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Although many of the thousands of statues of Lenin erected throughout the country still remain, there are very few in St Petersburg.

A recent opinion poll carried out by the Romir agency found that almost two thirds of respondents considered that Lenin had played a positive role in the country's history.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: lenin; russia; sovietunion; statue; stpetersburg

1 posted on 04/06/2004 2:36:37 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
oorah
2 posted on 04/06/2004 2:37:36 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Unfortunately, the statue of Iron Felix, the first chief of the Soveit Secret Police, is back up at SVR headquarters.
3 posted on 04/06/2004 2:37:58 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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4 posted on 04/06/2004 2:43:15 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Don't be a nuancy boy)
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To: Zack Nguyen
No,the statue of the scumbo Feliks Dzerzinsky is NOT back up in front of Lubyanka Prison, the former KGB headquarters. It is back up, but its in south Moscow in an outof the way area over the objections of most Muscovites.
5 posted on 04/06/2004 2:43:21 PM PDT by laconic
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Now take the evil old SOB's corpse out of that glass coffin, burn it on a rubbish dump and be done with him.
6 posted on 04/06/2004 2:46:25 PM PDT by Argus (Ceterum censeo Fallujam esse delendam.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I think in St. Petersburg I saw a statue of Lenin's wife. She opposed Stalin's use of Lenin after he died. She did not want her husband to be memorialized that way. Luckily Stalin was never able to erect his greatest monument to Lenin, a 1,034' tower topped with a 328' statue of Lenin. Unfortunately for Russia, the lost one of the greatest cathedrals ever built, cathedral of Christ the redeemer.
7 posted on 04/06/2004 2:49:17 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: Argus
We Will Bury You: How the Caretakers of Lenin's Corpse Have Made a Killing in Post-Soviet Russia
8 posted on 04/06/2004 2:50:00 PM PDT by Publius (Will kein Gott auf Erden sein, sind wir selber Götter.)
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To: laconic
The former head of Romanian intelligence seems to indicate it is back where it was:

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=12387

Regardless, former KGB officers wanted it back up, because Russian intelligence and certain parts of the political establishment look back on the Soviet era as "the good ol' days."
9 posted on 04/06/2004 2:50:22 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Well, at least we know Walter Cronkite and Helen Thomas had a lousy day...


10 posted on 04/06/2004 2:56:01 PM PDT by Fintan (© 1950)
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To: Argus
I agree with you, we should do away with him, however, the Russian Orthodox Church would never condone cremation in a public setting such as this.
11 posted on 04/06/2004 3:07:49 PM PDT by peter the great
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To: Argus
"Now take the evil old SOB's corpse out of that glass coffin, burn it on a rubbish dump and be done with him."

Amen to that. A vicious, sadistic man who founded the modern totalitarian police state. Not a single redeeming virtue. Feed his wax carcass to the rats.
12 posted on 04/06/2004 3:09:38 PM PDT by speedy
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To: Tailgunner Joe
There's still one on display on the street in the Fremont district of Seattle. Who's got a chain and a 4WD?

http://www.seattlephotographs.com/photos/fremont/fremont_lenin_statue_5d.htm

SM
13 posted on 04/06/2004 3:30:20 PM PDT by Senormechanico
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To: Senormechanico
You Got That Right? We need a Chain and a Dodge Ram Cummings Turbo and we are good to go........
14 posted on 04/06/2004 3:32:52 PM PDT by cmsgop (For Gosh Sake MCI, NO MORE JAMES TAYLOR !!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Darn. I thought it was the one here in the Fremont district.
15 posted on 04/06/2004 3:35:21 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (You need tons click "co-ordinating" -- to be a monthly donor!)
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To: Senormechanico
Seattle's Lenin:


16 posted on 04/06/2004 3:35:28 PM PDT by EggsAckley (.......John Kerry suffers from delusions of adequacy........)
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To: Senormechanico
I've got the 4-wheel drive. Anybody got a chain?
17 posted on 04/06/2004 3:37:28 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (You need tons click "co-ordinating" -- to be a monthly donor!)
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To: Senormechanico
I'd heard that Seattle was a haven for leftists; however, I had no idea they had a statue of Lenin. That's pathetic.
18 posted on 04/06/2004 3:41:07 PM PDT by csvset
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To: SandyInSeattle
Someone needs to pull it down.
19 posted on 04/06/2004 3:42:42 PM PDT by expatguy (Fallujah Delenda Est!!)
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To: Senormechanico
You're not serious, is this real?
20 posted on 04/06/2004 5:43:47 PM PDT by correctthought (Shop smart, shop S-mart.)
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To: Andy from Beaverton
Her name was Krupskaya. Here she is looking morose.


21 posted on 04/06/2004 6:51:06 PM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38
Here she is looking morose.
Wouldn't you if your spouse had another lover that everyone knew about?
22 posted on 04/06/2004 7:05:14 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: EggsAckley
Are you serious? Where in Seattle? Do you want to take it down??? Road trip!
23 posted on 04/06/2004 7:06:31 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: cmsgop
I thnk a better statement could be made by covering that statue of Lenin in Seattle with stickers from McDonalds, Starbucks, Wal Mart, Target, Apple, Microsoft, Coke, Pepsi, etc. In other words every symbol of capitalism possible. Where possible use examples from modern Russia- a McDonald's logo in Russian would be perfect.
24 posted on 04/06/2004 7:12:47 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Tailgunner Joe
My husband told me that Fremont, a suburb of Seattle WASHINGTON...USA has a statue of LENIN!!! DISGUSTING!
25 posted on 04/06/2004 8:20:07 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy; SoCal Pubbie; Andy from Beaverton; correctthought; expatguy; csvset; EggsAckley; ...
The statue is located in Fremont, a neighborhood of Seattle. It's a bohemian place, the home of some fine ethnic restaurants and the best brewpubs in town. It's also the home of statuary, including "Waiting for the Interurban", which is not on the street where the Seattle-to-Everett interurban ran from 1911 to 1940.

The Lenin statue was purchased by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce when the Soviet Union had its going-out-of-business-sale a decade ago. The Chamber intended it as a conversation piece and a trophy of the Cold War. Think of it as a large bronze coonskin nailed over the fireplace.

The residents of Fremont, however, take it quite seriously, as befits a festive slice of Berkeley transported to the Pacific Northwest.

When Iraq fell, I wrote the Chamber suggesting they buy a Saddam statue to add to their collection. If nothing else, it would make a matched set.

26 posted on 04/06/2004 10:01:41 PM PDT by Publius (Will kein Gott auf Erden sein, sind wir selber Götter.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Why destroy the statue? We have plenty of leftists here in America that would have loved to give that statue a home. In the name of capitalism, they should have sold it some leftie here in America. Also, they could have had that dead communist's body that is on display and had it stuffed to go along with the statue.
27 posted on 04/06/2004 10:09:47 PM PDT by dougherty (I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. **-Michelangelo)
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To: Publius
When Iraq fell, I wrote the Chamber suggesting they buy a Saddam statue to add to their collection.
Brilliant! Did they respond???
28 posted on 04/06/2004 10:33:03 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: Andy from Beaverton
Never got a response, unfortunately. I still like the idea, though.
29 posted on 04/07/2004 8:29:38 AM PDT by Publius (Will kein Gott auf Erden sein, sind wir selber Götter.)
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