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Estonia Town To Sell Lenin Statue

October 24, 1997

MOSCOW (AP) _ The Estonian town of Tartu has decided to auction off its statue of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, setting the starting price at $15,000.

The statue had decorated a town square before the Baltic republic gained sovereignty in 1991. The auction is scheduled for Nov. 7, the 80th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution in Soviet tradition, Tartu Mayor Roman Mugur told the ITAR-Tass news agency Friday.

Thousands of monuments to Lenin and other Soviet leaders have been torn down following the 1991 Soviet collapse, although many provincial towns in Russia have kept these Soviet statues _ still revered by Communists and many elderly people.

Numerous statues of Lenin, the founding father of the Soviet state, also remain in Moscow. There has been talk about closing down Lenin’s Red Square mausoleum and burying his body, but no action has been taken yet.

No details were immediately available about the size of Tartu’s statue or the material it is made of.

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