First Lenin statue erected in West Germany following legal battle
Ruptly is live as the first statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin is unveiled in the West German industrial city of Gelsenkirchen on Saturday, June 20.
The unveiling comes following a heated dispute between the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) and the city authorities, which had previously tried to ban the statue, an attempt which was overturned in court.
Statues of Lenin were once present right across the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), but this is believed to be the first one ever to be erected in Germany’s west.
The original date was set for March 14 this year, coinciding with Lenin’s 150th birthday and the 38th anniversary of the founding of the MLPD, but was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.