Finland’s last Lenin monument removed from Streets of southern city

A statue of a Russian leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin will be removed from the Streets of the city of in southeastern Finland, and relocated to a , following a decision by the city council on Monday evening.

The removal means that no large Monuments to the Russian Revolutionary and politician will be present on the Streets of Finland.

The statue of Lenin, sculpted by Estonian artist Matti Varikinwas presented as a gift in 1979 by Kotka’s twin city Tallinn, which at the was still part of the Soviet Union.

The monument will be moved to a museum.Mikko Savolainen /

The statue has been vandalized and damaged several times over the years, and had been the subject of an intense, years-long local debate even before ’s Invasion of in February.

Proposals submitted to both the city and the Municipal Councils argued that the statue should be moved to a local museum, as the monument insulted the memory of people who died as a result of Soviet war .

The Kotka-based Museum had requested that the statue be kept in place, but that a plaque describing its history be added to the pedestal.

The museum had also proposed transferring the statue to the Lenin Museum in , but this offer was not accepted.

At a city council meeting on Monday evening, delegates voted 41-9 in favor of removing the Lenin statue.

Authorities in also removed a statue of Lenin in April, citing Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine. Similar to the monument in Kotka, the presence of the statue in Turku had sparked significant public debate since being given to the city by the authorities Leningrad – now St.Petersburg – in 1977.

Source: The Nordic Page

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