A far-left political group unveiled a new statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in Western Germany over the weekend which comes as numerous statues worldwide have been toppled in recent weeks.
“The installation of Germany’s first large public statue of Lenin outside the former communist East Germany was fiercely opposed by many Germans,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. “The 1.3-ton, cast-iron statue was made in the former Czechoslovakia in 1957 and bought by the MLPD in an online auction for 16,000 euros ($18,000).”
Gelsenkirchen’s city council opposed the move by the far-left Marxist-Leninist Party Of Germany (MLPD) but was defeated in court because the statue was being erected on private property. The irony there is that Lenin, a communist, did not believe in the private ownership of property as his regime abolished private land ownership on his first day in office.