Raining Lenins: One more Lenin statue is down - this time in New York

18:32 Sep. 21, 2016

One more Lenin statue is down - this time in New York

Lenin Statue at the Red Square building (Source: Allison Meier/Atlas Obscura)

A statue of the Bolshevik leader, Marxist revolutionary, and head of the Soviet Union Vladimir Lenin is toppled in New York: the reason is construction, not politics

The statue of Lenin presided on the rooftop of a rental building called Red Square for two decades. Yet, just recently it was evicted. Local media say, the reason is that the building was sold for USD 100 million.

So, what's the story behind this statue? The 18-foot-tall Lenin was created by sculptor Yuri Gerasimov, who was commissioned to build it by the Soviet Union. The state then collapsed and the statue remained unclaimed.

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Meanwhile, a former professor of radical sociology, Michael Rosen, just finished building a rental building - Red Square. Several years later his partner Michael Shaoul bought the Lenin sculpture and the statue was placed on the rooftop.

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As Shaoul told the Times, Lenin "faces Wall Street, capitalism's emblem, and the Lower East Side, 'the home of the socialist movement.'"

 

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